Contractor's guide to cutting waste from construction projects

How to improve construction procurement practices


The procurement of subcontractors and materials is critical to the success of your business' waste minimisation and management plans.

Procuring construction materials

Ensuring that you order the correct materials and quantities is an effective method of reducing construction waste. You could use specialist forecasting software to help you forecast accurately.

Where only estimates are available, you should supply as much detailed information as possible to the design team or supplier.

Engaging subcontractors to reduce construction waste

It is important to have buy-in by all contractors to your waste reduction initiatives. The pre-qualification process your business undertakes should include an assessment of the waste reduction capacity and competence of each subcontractor.

The contract should clearly state actions you want them to take, data and information you need from them and any targets you want them to meet. These should all be measurable.