The importance of a proper SWMP in construction and retail

If you work in construction and working on a retail project, it’s likely that you’ve heard about a Site Waste Management Plan, but what exactly does a SWMP do? Here at

Well, before construction starts on a project, a SWMP should be created in order to estimate both the level of waste that construction will entail as well as what types of waste may be created (and if this waste needs to be dealt with by any specialist parties). This might seem like a lot of hard work, however, creating a SWMP can come with a lot of advantages, including having a positive effect on the environment.

How can a SWMP help save the environment?

The main aim of a SWMP is to ensure that a construction company only orders and allocates the estimated level of materials needed for a project. By doing this, less material is sent to the landfill and, indeed, your plan will also help to make sure any viable materials are recycled or reused in other areas.

Avoiding overuse of landfills is incredibly important for everyone, as the more we produce rubbish that will end up in these landfills, the more our planet and the climate gets damaged. This is particularly important, as on these landfills, when material is squashed down and degrades slighty, methane gas and carbon dioxide is produced.

These gases, also known as greenhouse gases, will affect the environment around a landfill site adversely as well as affecting our climate as a whole. So, by implementing a Site Waste Management Plan for every project in a construction business, that company will be doing their bit for the environment.

The other aims of a SWMP

As well as helping save our environment, by using a SWMP, a construction company can also look to:

Reduce fly-tipping

When companies closely audit where and when any rubbish from a construction project goes, it means that less waste becomes dumped into illegal spots. Especially when some rogue waste management companies might not be placing rubbish where you think – by having a waste management plan in place, this is far less likely.

Better efficiency

Because your plan tries to make sure that only the volume of materials which are needed are ordered, this makes for far better efficiency in the working environment. As well as reducing your waste, by spending less on waste disposal and recycling more, you will actually save more money too. So, overall, it’s a win-win.

You’ll be promoting recycling and sustainability

When you implement a Site Waste Management Plan on a project, every construction worker on that project will learn about the importance of reducing waste. This might not seem like a big deal, but by showing others the importance of keeping rubbish off of landfills, your company will be spreading the message of sustainability, which will provide a positive effect on your workers.

Plus, as many other companies are becoming focused on the climate, by using a SWMP, you may find yourself being chosen for more contracts.