Construction Waste and Waste Management

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This one day training course will encourage you to consider your projects differently and will equip you with the tools and understanding to implement waste minimisation and management strategies at all stages of a building or structure's life cycle.

The programme is highly interactive, utilising case studies and practical sessions throughout the day to deliver against its objectives. The training is focussed and immediately deployable delivering practical, useable and effective advice for you, your projects and your clients.


The construction industry produces around 120 million tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation waste per year with only half of this currently being recycled or reclaimed. Some 10% of materials sent to landfill are brand new products, delivered to site but never actually used. As a result, construction clients and developers are increasingly looking to set targets and requirements for waste management and to move the industry from its current – often poor – levels of performance to delivering best practice in waste management.

There are many drivers for change including the Site Waste Management Plan legislation, which came into effect in 2008. Effective construction waste management can be introduced at design, construction and operational phases of a project, delivering significant environmental and commercial benefits including:

  • Reduced material and disposal costs
  • Increased competitive differentiation
  • Responding to and pre-empting public policy and legislation
  • Improved performance against corporate responsibility objectives
  • Lower CO2 emissions

This training course has been mapped to:

  • UK-SPEC Competence E3: Undertake engineering activities in a way that contributes to sustainable development
  • ICE Key Attribute 7A: A sound knowledge of sustainable development best practice
  • ICE Key Attribute 7B: Ability to manage engineering activities that contribute to sustainable development
  • ICE Key Attribute 7C: Committed to leading continuous improvement in sustainable development


Training courses on set dates, in ICE Training venues across the country. Suitable for those looking to attend a training course and share knowledge and practical experiences with like-minded others in an interactive learning environment.


Bespoke training programmes. These are delivered by our tutors at a time, in a location and based on a curriculum completely tailored to your needs. Ideal for organisations that have several employees wishing to take training in the same subject area, and/or have organisation-specific ideas for learning and development.

Programme Overview
Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.

Session 1 - Introduction and setting of course objectives
Session 2 - Waste Management - why bother?
Session 3 - Legislation update
Session 4 - Waste minimisation and management through all stages of a project
Session 5 - Waste arisings during a construction project (practical exercise)
Session 6 - Site waste management plans
Session 7 - Waste management options during a construction project (practical exercise)
Session 8 - Course summary and conclusions
Sue Innes 
BSc (Hons)
Sue is a former director of sustainability and has a wealth of experience of developing and delivering practical solutions on a wide variety of projects for public and private clients. She is a subject matter expert with insights from the client, consultant and contractor perspectives with a deep understanding of the sustainability agenda.
Learning Objectives
At the end of the course, participants should be able to:​
  • Undestand the impacts of construction waste
  • Understand the legal framework for waste management with particular reference to construction
  • Understand the waste hierarchy
  • Be able to make design choices to improve resource efficiency and reduce waste
  • Be able to write a site waste management plan
  • Be able to manage waste on site more effectively
Who Should Attend?

This training course can be applied by all members of the project team. Delegates will include:

  • Clients
  • Designers
  • Contractor
  • Operators
  • Local and county authority staff that have a responsibility for ensuring best practice compliance for construction waste management

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