Saving on waste disposal - through waste segregation in construction
In This Series
- Assessment of the durability and engineering properties of lesser-known hardwood timber species for use in marine and freshwater construction
- Avoiding landfill through effective wood waste disposal and a shift in product focus
- Bracing for non-domestic timber trussed rafter roofs
- Cross-laminated timber: an introduction
- Environmentally responsible construction: Community wood recycling
This timber waste management case study focuses on construction company Simons Group. Formed in 1944, the group is one of the largest contractors in the country.
Over a three-year period, total waste, total cost of waste and waste to landfill at their head office was reduced by 73%, 76% and 87% respectively.
This research information sheet looks at the methods introduced by Simons Group that led to the reduction in waste, as well as what other businesses can do to improve their own green credentials.
- The achievement
- Approach to the wood waste problem
- Construction the waste and segregation
- Table 1: Breakdown of construction waste composition
As a construction material, timber has a very distinct advantage over the alternatives, namely that it is a living thing and therefore a renewable resource. With the use of correctly managed forests, timber represents an excellent way of creating a more sustainable construction industry.
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Article from the TRADA Timber Industry Yearbook 2014