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Waste reduction tips for subcontractors and suppliers

10 September 2020

A huge amount of waste is generated every year by the building and construction trade. In fact, more than a third of all waste that ends up in landfill comes directly from the C&D industry. 

At GreenHands we believe in ‘A World Without Waste’, but for this to become a reality we must all work together. This means that alongside promoting the benefits of waste reduction and recycling amongst our own staff, we need to get suppliers and subcontractors on board too.

Empowering subcontractors and suppliers to go green 

  1. When sourcing subcontractors, be upfront and advise them of your waste reduction and recycling initiatives and promote the waste hierarchy—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
  2. Ask subcontractors about their own waste reduction initiatives and consider including waste minimisation and recycling clauses in subcontractor contracts.
  3. Only source suppliers who you know actively recycle their waste materials.
  4. Use suppliers and subcontractors who source sustainable materials.
  5. Have designated bins for off-cuts to promote recycling or direct people to the GreenHands marketplace to sell or dispose of salvaged goods and recyclable materials.

If we work together to collectively minimise, separate, recycle and reuse waste materials we can significantly improve the health of our environment and community.

By joining forces and working towards the common goal of  ‘A World Without Waste’ we can:

  • Reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill
  • Protect scarce resources
  • Reduce tipping costs
  • Reduce construction costs
  • Reduce pollution, dangerous emissions and contamination of waterways
  • Promote the use of salvaged goods and recycled materials

Aside from having a solid waste management plan, make sure you inform and involve employees, regular suppliers and subcontractors about your recycling activities. Send out regular updates on your recycling and waste reduction efforts and achievements, promote your commitments and goals and recognise key achievers.

A key way to keep people involved and improve your waste reduction and recycling efforts is to give people (employees, subcontractors and suppliers) the opportunity to make suggestions on ways to improve your activities. 

By working together and listening to new ideas and alternative ways to reduce waste we CAN make a difference.

Start today by visiting GreenHands’ marketplace to see what waste materials you might be able to make use of.

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