Introduction to site waste management plans


Construction projects in Northern Ireland do not legally require a site waste management plan (SWMP). However, you should consider using a SWMP even if your project does not require one.

SWMPs are a useful management tool. A SWMP can help you to cut costs through effective waste management, use materials and resources more efficiently, reduce fly-tipping and demonstrate compliance with contractual duties and your duty of care for waste.

Producing and implementing an SWMP should affect all businesses and individuals involved with construction projects including the client, architect, project managers, principal contractor, sub-contractors and tradesmen. However, the main responsibility falls on the client at the project development stage and the principal contractor during the construction phase.

This guide explains how to prepare an SWMP and how to put it into action. It describes what the SWMP should contain, how to identify waste and what the options are for reducing and managing it.

You can also download an example site waste management plan proforma (DOC, 77k).