All construction projects over £300,000 in England must have a site waste management plan (SWMP).
In the SWMP you must explain how you handle your construction waste and follow the law on managing waste.
You don’t need an SWMP for projects in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In England, you can’t start construction work until you have an SWMP in place.
The SWMP must include:
- what kind of waste your site produces
- how you dispose of the waste, eg reuse, recycle, landfill
- who your waste carrier is and their registration number
- the address and environmental permit or exemption number of the site where your waste is going
Creating and updating a plan
By law, the person who owns the construction project (the client) is responsible for the plan. If they don’t want to write it themselves, they can appoint someone else, eg the developer or architect.
The basic steps are:
The client or their representative writes the SWMP before construction starts.
The client gives the plan to the main contractor.
The main contractor adds any waste information from their sub-contractors.
The main contractor must make sure everyone working on the project knows how to dispose of waste as laid out in the plan.
The main contractor must update the plan during the project and keep it for 2 years after the project ends.
Get templates of an SWMP from WRAP.
If you’re unsure about your project costs, you can use estimates from the Building Cost Information Service.