Waste minimisation and resource efficiency are becoming increasingly important in the larger geo-political landscape as the UK looks to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, in a move towards becoming a Zero Waste society. the imposition of a high landfill tax burden upon materials intended for landfill reflects this
Waste producers are being asked to extend their duty of care to ensure waste is minimised, and recycling is maximised, in a drive to make the UK more resource efficient and businesses and organisations are required to take reasonable steps to apply the Waste Hierarchy to their products, services and operations.
The most favourable option is for a business to prevent, or reduce, unnecessary waste occurring at its source in order to avoid the need for a disposal option. Where business waste cannot be prevented, the next favourable options in order of environmental benefit, would be to look for opportunities to prepare for reuse. In cases where waste resulting from your business can neither be reduced or reused, the next step down the waste hierarchy is to recycle it and so on.
How have T&P achieved successful waste minimisation upon new development sites
Through clear communication and liaison with the client and engineering design team at an early stage T&P have been successful in identifying opportunities to re-use site won material achieving the dual aims of avoidance/minimisation and creating an available context for re-use. This has been successfully achieved through the use of the CL:AIRE: Definition of Waste Code of Practice. Please see the attached case study for further details.
The capability for minimisation/re-use is dependent upon the size and context of the proposed development and some scenarios simply do not have the available space to do so. Where such scenarios exist T&P have been successful in segregating different waste streams to reduce off site disposal costs through both physical separation methods such as soil screening and through detailed upfront soil characterisation methods to minimise volumes of more expensive waste streams for subsequent disposal. It was through this latter approach that we were able to achieve an approximate £380,000 saving upon a site in central Bristol. Please see the attached case study for further details.