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Why recycling construction waste is important YOU and for the ENVIRONMENT...


The construction industry is a major contributor to waste production in the United Kingdom, accounting for around 35% of all waste produced. Of this, around 10% is construction-based waste, which includes materials such as concrete, bricks, wood, and metal.

Recycling construction waste is important for the environment because it helps to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. Landfills are a major source of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.


Recycling also helps to conserve natural resources and reduce energy consumption.

In the United Kingdom, there are a number of environmental benefits to recycling construction waste, including:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: Recycling construction waste helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the need to extract and process virgin materials. For example, recycling concrete reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70% compared to producing new concrete from virgin materials.

  • Conserving natural resources: Recycling construction waste helps to conserve natural resources such as sand, gravel, and trees. For example, recycling concrete helps to conserve sand and gravel, which are both finite resources.

  • Reducing energy consumption: Recycling construction waste helps to reduce energy consumption by reducing the need to transport and process virgin materials. For example, recycling steel uses up to 75% less energy than producing new steel from virgin materials.

Legislation around recycling construction waste in the United Kingdom

There is a number of legislation in the United Kingdom that requires construction waste to be recycled. The Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) requires EU member states to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill and to increase the amount of waste that is recycled. The UK government has implemented this directive through the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 and the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

These regulations require construction waste producers to take all reasonable steps to prevent waste and to recycle as much waste as possible. The regulations also require waste carriers and processors to be registered with the Environment Agency or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

How Site Waste Solutions can manage your waste recycling effectively and safely

Site Waste Solutions can help you to manage your construction waste recycling effectively and safely by:

  • Providing a waste management plan: Site Waste Solutions can work with you to develop a waste management plan that identifies the types of waste that will be produced on your construction site and how it will be recycled.

  • Providing waste bins and skips: Site Waste Solutions can provide you with waste bins and skips to segregate your waste and make it easier to recycle.

  • Collecting and transporting your waste: Site Waste Solutions can collect and transport your waste to a registered waste recycling facility.

  • Providing waste transfer notes: Site Waste Solutions will provide you with waste transfer notes for each load of waste that is collected. These notes are required by law and prove that your waste has been disposed of legally.

  • Full Reporting for traceability: Site Waste Solutions have developed a bespoke Reporting Platform detailing all uplifts and recycling destination and percentages.

Site Waste Solutions also have the experience and expertise to manage hazardous waste safely. Hazardous waste includes materials such as asbestos, lead paint, and fluorescent tubes. We know how to safely remove and dispose of hazardous waste to protect your workers and the environment.

Recycling construction waste is important for the environment in the United Kingdom. It helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve natural resources, and reduce energy consumption. There is a number of legislation in the United Kingdom that requires construction waste to be recycled.


Site Waste Solutions can help you to manage your construction waste recycling effectively and safely. To find out more CALL NOW ON 0141 212 3023 or email Lisa at lisa@sitewastesolutions.co.uk


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