A waste management audit makes for a great cost-reduction opportunity in major construction-area expenditure. This audit would involve the assessment of the nature, amount and composition of the waste produced by a project in addition to identifying exactly how this waste is generated, how it’s currently managed and how it could possibly be managed better.

A few audits can be carried out over the duration of a project, ultimately leading up to a final audit upon the project’s completion.

Construction companies that have the full measure of the waste they’re producing and exactly how they’re producing it will enjoy a stronger position in the control of their waste management, making for a crucial measure with which to build up credibility with stakeholders and clients who often take the issue of waste management very seriously.

The lessons taken away from one project can always be channelled into future engagements, even going as far as helping with tender projections that are much more accurate, such as perhaps the discovery that it would be better to hire waste management skips over the longer term or alternatively on an hourly, weekly, or monthly basis, etc., so long as the most cost effective option is identified and chosen.

When the audit is in full-swing there are several different processes involved, but the general outcomes can perhaps be broken down into two major phases, namely the setting of baseline measures as well as the projection of forecasts.

It is no longer a legal requirement for even the larger construction projects to have Site Waste Management Plans prepared, however leading construction companies still consider it standard practice to put one in place. It simply sets out a clear blueprint for the recording of the waste volume created on site while also documenting the disposal thereof, how it’s recycled or reused.

Waste management audits form an important part of these plans, with the aim being that of setting performance-measuring benchmarks. Key performance indicators (KPIs) synonymous with this stage would naturally take the form of some examples and models which are directly related to your specific project and its unique dynamics.

What you’ll also need to make sure of is that there are good record-keeping systems put in place so that all audit results can be noted and retained effectively. These would include details of waste produced, consignment notes, storage data and any other data that is of relevance.

When this is put in place it gives you full control of waste management from the get-go. This includes affording you the opportunity to perhaps zone-in on the most demanding targets of the project and perhaps target those first or allocate special attention to them as required. You will also be forced to think a little more critically about waste reduction at the earliest possible stage of the project, such as whether or not you’re ordering the right amount of materials, whether or not you’re using it efficiently and what you can do to make sure it’s used more efficiently to perhaps avoid the need the high expenses that come with having to use a landfill.

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