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A waste management plan is imperative to the success of any project. Carried out before the start of the project, a waste management plan must identify the individual types of waste expected to be produced throughout the project. Not only this, but the collection and disposal of these individual wastes must also be thoroughly planned. Throughout the project the production of waste must be monitored and recorded. Keeping a record of actions taken to remove and dispose of the waste is a key factor in any waste management plan.

Legislation governs the removal and disposal of waste, which ranges from low risk waste through to hazardous wastes, chemicals and toxic substances. The Environmental Agency enforces these laws. Consulting a professional service such as Oates Environmental can ensure that legislation is adhered to.

Creating a sound waste management plan prior to the project’s development is cost and time-effective in the long run. Implementing this plan will reduce the risk of environmental or bodily harm. Deciding how waste will be managed effectively and quickly will keep costs down. Further, appoint individuals who are responsible for collecting and removing different wastes produced throughout the project. Being clear about personal responsibilities will minimize risk and ensure that legislation is followed.

Maintaining a good level of tidiness on-site can minimize risk of illness, injury and damage. Prioritizing a high standard of cleanliness will ensure that work areas remain clean and clear throughout the development of the project. Keeping a clean working environment will ensure that health and safety regulations are adhered to, and, in turn, will reduce the opportunity for accidental injury.

Flammable materials such as aerosols, timber, cardboard and packaging must be stored away from other materials and protected from accidental ignition. Maintaining the clearance of these wastes will ensure fire risks are reduced.

Designate individual storage areas for different types of waste. Some wastes, when mixed, have the potential to produce devastating effects to the environment or threaten one’s own personal safety. Being clear about the different wastes expected to be produced during the project’s lifespan, and effectively storing these wastes, will limit any risk to the environment or human life.

One key stage to implementing any waste management plan is to review it. Assess whether the plan is working as effectively and smoothly it should be. If this is not the case, consult Oates Environmental or the local Environmental Agency to make changes to this.

There are multiple stages to implementing a waste management plan and thorough prior planning is imperative to the success of any plan. Consider not only the type of waste that is being produced, but also the quantity and how this is going to be stored, collected and disposed of. Implementing a sound waste management plan can prove to be time and cost-effective late down the line.

Implementing a waste management plan is no mean feat. Account for your own peace of mind and discuss the options available with a professional waste management service such as Oates Environmental.