New guide to help builders cut waste costs


Small builders working in tough economic conditions could unlock valuable cost benefits by using a new waste-saving guide from sustainable business experts Envirowise.

The free guide – available online – outlines a step-by-step review process which can help businesses to identify the main causes of waste around their site and save as much as 40% on waste disposal costs.

With around 9.5 million tonnes of construction waste generated across the south west each year, the cost saving potential for the region runs into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Savings could be achieved by making simple low-cost or no-cost changes such as segregating waste at source. For example, reducing waste by 20% can cut a business’ waste disposal costs by 40% and waste to landfill by 60%. With annual landfill tax rises recently confirmed until 2013, there is clearly an imperative for businesses to take action.

Envirowise regional manager for the south west, Rob Graham, said: “The Federation of Master Builder’s latest State of Trade survey shows that economic conditions for small builders in the UK continue to be very challenging. However, reducing waste costs is a straightforward, effective way to help improve the bottom-line and this new guide demonstrates how to secure significant cost savings with little or no upfront investment required.

“Running a resource efficient business can also help builders to better manage their potential liabilities, reducing their exposure to costly fines from improper waste management processes, as well as ensuring they are well placed to make the most of the recovery when it comes.”