eliminating waste

A key priority under Reshaping Tomorrow is eliminating waste. Building on the success and lessons learnt from Target Zero, where we committed to diverting non-hazardous construction waste from landfill, the primary focus for the business going forward is waste reduction.

Ultimately our objective is to identify cost effective and practical solutions to minimise the production of waste on our construction projects and reduce the overall cost of waste disposal within the Group.

To achieve this we will continue to:

  • Improve waste reporting/measurement through the use of our bespoke Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP), linked to Environmental Assessment Methods and client requirements etc.
  • Work in partnership with our supply chain / manufacturers and various stakeholders to better understand the true cost of waste (design, material procurement & disposal) and develop innovative ways of working to drive waste reduction and resource efficiency.
  • Challenge/review our supplier pre-qualification questionnaire, preferred supplier agreements and sub contractor orders on waste management requirements and key performance indicators. We will continue to work closely with organisations such as WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) for guidance.
  • Identify and effectively communicate best practice case studies for resource efficiency/waste management across the Wates Group and with peers/wider industry (e.g. continued contribution to the UK Contractor’s Group).

2011 achievements

  • 96% non-hazardous construction waste diverted from landfill compared to 95% in 2010
  • 37,497 tonnes of construction waste produced in 2011.
  • Launch of a bespoke SWMP for improved reporting/measurement
  • Introduction of ‘Reshaping Tomorrow – Contractor Environmental Rules’, a document that sets out how our supply chain can help maintain our environmental standards on site whilst supporting us to achieve our environmental targets and objectives
  • Worked with a number of social enterprises to recycle materials and waste from our projects


  • 25% reduction in wastage levels from 2010 baseline
  • Continued commitment to zero non-hazardous waste to landfill
  • 10% reduction in waste spend per annum