The materials we use to build our homes are resources that require careful management. Our aim is to use such resources as efficiently as possible, ensuring that we limit our impact on the environment by minimising waste, and so deliver cost and efficiency savings which benefit our wider business, customers and stakeholders.
Our primary objective on every development is to prevent waste in the first instance. This is achieved through a waste management strategy that begins with the planning and design process, and filters down through the management of the construction process and across the lifetime of the development. We are also constantly evolving our house types and construction processes, seeking new systems and products to help improve the efficiency of the construction process.
Waste that is produced is then, wherever possible, segregated on-site and handled by our various waste management contractors. The vast majority is reused, recycled or, as a last resort, used as ‘refuse derived fuel’. Only a very small proportion is sent to landfill.
|Summary of performance|
Diversion rates continue to improve with 99.1% of waste diverted from landfill (2019 – 98.4%) - rates have risen year-on year from 82.3% in 2012
Tonnes of waste per home sold rose to 11.18 (2019 – 10.97) but an action plan is in place to address this in 2020/21, specifically on the quantity of rubble disposed of
|Mixed metals (t)||477||1,322||1,372||1,582||1,452|
|Mixed waste (t)||46,830||53,771||56,830||62,227||47,101|
|Waste (t) per Home Built||8.52||9.25||9.31||10.97||11.18|
|Performance against 2019/20 targets|
We will assess the use of single-use plastic in our offices, construction processes and supply chain to understand where we can reduce or eliminate usage by 2021
Progress is on-going
We will maintain the proportion of waste diverted from landfill on construction sites at 98% or above
We increased our waste diversion rate sixth year, reaching 99.1% (2019 - 98.4%)
We will reduce the quantity of waste we generate (excl. ground works waste) per home built by 2021
Work has continued on this target, introducing specific initiatives to reduce rubble waste