Posted by Nigel White,

The construction industry is the biggest consumer of natural resources, with some reports suggesting it uses almost 400 million tonnes of material every year.

But with this amount of material used, there’s also going to be a lot of waste.

100 million tonnes according to the same report.

There is of course always going to be waste, but when you realise that every gram of waste is potentially pounds in your pocket, it can be quite alarming.

What’s more, as material prices are rising with no signs of levelling off, the amount of waste is gradually eating into your pocket.

So, what are some of the ways you can start reducing waste on your next project and how will that help?

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Order What You Need When You Need It.

It can be very easy for business owners and project managers like you to order absolutely everything you think you need prior to the start of the project.

Before too long, plans have changed and what materials you had ordered and have ready to be used are completely redundant.

When there’s a strategic plan in place, and you know who’s working with what, when; you can organise your materials accordingly.

This means that when it comes to it, you’re only using what you need at the precise time it’s required, helping minimise the amount of waste.

This approach can be achieved by adopting a project management software into your daily routine.

Recycling and Reusing Material On Your Construction Project

Working greener and helping reduce waste and CO2 emissions is one of the biggest targets of the construction industry in the next decade or so.

With an estimated 90% of waste in the construction sector being inert or non-hazardous, it goes to show there’s a huge amount of recycling and reusing that can be done.

All of the most common materials found on any house building project can be recycled. Think about metal such as copper or brass, drywall, or even masonry and cement.

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Just because you’ve finished the work doesn’t mean that you’ve finished with the material.

Fully optimising what you have on-site is the only way to really get ‘bang for your buck’. Save your material for repairs so that they can get fixed quickly and at no extra cost, share what you have with other trades or find suitable ways of recycling.

Whatever you do, just don’t leave everything in a pile outside – it might as well be a pile of £50 notes!

Planning The Project Around Waste

There’s a famous saying that states ‘failing to prepare is preparing to fail’

Nothing rings truer than when you’re in charge of managing projects within the house building sector. If you don’t have everything scheduled in and planned accordingly, it’s a sure-fire way to lose efficiency and see your cash flow slowly diminishing.

It’s important to consider the waste like any other factor in your project. Only by doing this do you start to reap the benefits of a greener approach, and one that will help increase your efficiency and cash flow.

When it comes to planning workload, think about what is needed and when. Planning work in the correct order helps reduce waste and minimise any repairs or replacements that could occur if things haven’t been properly planned out.

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Conclusion

Waste is an inevitable part of any house building project, but what isn’t always obvious is how this might as well be a pile of money.

If too much has been ordered, it’s not there when you need it, or it can’t be used on other parts of a project, it’s going to go to waste and ultimately cost you more money.

It’s a vicious cycle and before you know, it can affect your cash flow and efficiency.

If you’d like to find out how introducing an innovative project management tool/software can not only help you combat waste in your project but make you and your business more reliable and efficient, speak to one of our expert team today.