Environmental concerns for the Construction Industry

The Construction Industry is the backbone of the UK economy. 2.9 million people are employed in it, and it contributes £90 million annually (ref. Competitive Advantage). Seeing as it’s such as massive part of our lives, obviously this brings environmental concerns when it comes to waste disposal. In this blog post, therefore, we have highlighted some of those concerns, especially those which are most prominent here in the North-West.

What kind of waste does the Construction Industry produce?

As you can imagine, a large-scale construction project can produce a huge amount of waste. This can consist of many different elements, such as materials used primarily for the building (the likes of nails, wiring, roofing and insulation), materials which end up being unused or perhaps damaged during the construction process (including bricks, concrete and wood), and also potentially hazardous materials which end up going to waste such as plasterboard, which when broken down can release a toxic gas named hydrogen sulphide. Therefore, it’s safe to say that even a basic construction job can lead to a lot of waste materials being released, which depending on their number and extent can be greatly detrimental to the environment. And that’s just based on the raw materials. When it comes to preparing the site and the work which goes into the pre-building of the house, a significant amount of waste can be the end result, ranging from dredging materials and tree stumps to rubble and any unintentional spilling of cement. This construction waste could contain the likes of lead and asbestos, so when you combine this with the waste produced by the mere presence of the raw materials involved, and the potential for hazardous and toxic gases being released into the environment, it’s vital that all of the waste produced via a typical construction project is handled safely, correctly and quickly.

How is Construction Waste handled?

The main construction organisations within the North West regions are conscientious and understanding in this regard, and we here at North West Waste Consultants are in frequent dialogue with these companies, ensuring that waste is handled carefully and treated with consideration. We offer a number of waste disposal services which are delivered on a large scale, are of a high standard and with an emphasis on safety and keeping the environment free of any pollution or toxic materials which may arise from the waste itself. This includes Hazardous Waste Disposal, an ideal service when handling the likes of plasterboards, which as stated have the potential to release hydrogen sulphide. There are also our Waste Recycling and Waste Re-Using services, which ensure that any waste which can be used again in some form will be given this treatment, so that only the materials which cannot be remoulded will be completely disposed of. Using our expertise and wealth of experience, we are able to determine which materials can be recycled or reused, and we will go about the necessary procedures from there. Based on frequent and productive conversations with leading construction organisations in the region, we are confident of handling any concerns with regards to the environmental impact that waste produced on construction sites could have, as well as ensuring that all waste is either disposed of, recycled or reused in the safest, quickest and most efficient manner possible. For more information about what we do here at North West Waste Consultants, you can visit