Intro to Site Waste Management Plans
What is a SWMP?
The SWMP is a planning document that must be created prior to the start of construction. It must:
- Identify each type of waste expected to be produced during the project
- Estimate the quantity of each type that will be produced
- Identify the planned waste management action proposed for each different type, including on- or off-site reuse, on- or off-site recycling, or disposal
During the project, the principal contractor must monitor the plan and update it with details of the waste of each type actually produced, along with the action taken and any removal activity.
Why do I need one?
Under the Site Waste Management Plans Regulations 2008, from 6th April 2008 every construction project in England, valued at over £300,000, is required to create, monitor, update and finally complete and analyse a Site Waste Management Plan. The SWMP Regulations do not currently apply to any other part of the United Kingdom.
The Regulations differ slightly between projects of over £300,000 but less than £500,000, and those over £500,000, primarily in the level of analysis required on completion of the project.
When do I need one?
The initial SWMP needs to be produced before construction starts. It will be necessary to be able to estimate and predict the level of waste of the various types during the course of the project.
The SWMP must be maintained and updated during the project, and analyzed after completion.
What is it all about?
Quite simply it is a document that is designed to bring the reduction and control of waste to the forefront at the planning stage of construction and to keep it a live issue during the build process and a means of reviewing the waste issue on completion.
It’s thrust is on the concept of not creating waste, perhaps by means of accurate ordering materials to programme and storing correctly and segregating waste as a means of recycling which has the potential of lowering waste costs.
The Site Waste Management Plans Regulations 2008 can be enforced by local both local authorities representatives and the Environment Agency as The SWMP Regulations give local authorities the powers of the Environmental Agency under section 108 of the Environmental Act 1995.
This means that that the Waste Disposal, Waste Collection and local Planning Authorities can levy Fixed Penalty Notices at £300 for minor offences and fines not exceeding £50,000 for major offences.
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William Simpson BA(Hons), ICIOB, A.ILD