Published 9 Mar 2022
What is a Site Waste Management Plan?
A Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) is a document that provides information on how construction waste is managed during a construction project. SWMP intends to mitigate the impact of waste on the environment while helping contractors save money by managing construction waste more efficiently through reuse, recycling and recovery.
Use this SWMP template to assess if you’re meeting the requirements as stated by the Site Waste Management Plans Regulations 2008. You can use this for the duration of the construction project to help check if your organization is on the right track to fulfilling the SWMP requirements. This digitized template contains categories for:
- Planning and preparation of SWMP
- SWMP lead
- Construction waste management
- Communication and training
- Continuous improvement
In England, all construction projects that costs over £300,000 are legally required to come up with a SWMP before construction work begins. The SWMP is constantly updated during the construction project and is accessible to all stakeholders involved in SWMP. Following SWMP (even if not required in other countries) can help businesses better plan on making the most out of construction waste and reducing waste production.
This article will briefly discuss:
- tips on coming up with SWMP;
- technology to better implement SWMP in your organization; and
- free site waste management plan templates.
Although SWMP is unique for each construction site, you can try these helpful tips on creating and implementing a legally-compliant SWMP:
Make the creation of the SWMP part of the construction project planning stage. Being mindful of possible sources of construction waste and how they can be managed during the duration of the construction project at this early stage can help minimize waste and lessen cost along the way.
- Oversee the SWMP
Implementing the SWMP will involve the collaboration of the client, principal contractor, and subcontractors but it is typically the principal contractor who will be responsible for updating it once construction work begins.
- Manage construction waste
The materials used at the construction site can help determine what type and quantity of construction waste can be reused, recycled, or needs disposal. Make sure to document every time the waste is being moved or processed and update the SWMP.
- Communicate and train
Inform the subcontractors and all staff at the site about the SWMP and where it can be accessed. Discuss the SWMP during employee training, induction, and toolbox talks to make sure everyone complies. Conduct random audits and spot checks to make sure that staff are aligned with the SWMP.
- Continuous improvement
Review your documentation on how waste is handled so you can find ways to improve waste management moving forward. The SWMP will provide a history of waste management for the construction work and it can be used as a reference to learn best practices and further improve waste management for future projects.
Regular and accurate documentation is not only crucial for a successful SWMP but also required to stay legally compliant. Implementing SWMP, however, can be a challenge if the organization is heavily reliant on paper-based documentation. Filing, organizing, keeping paperwork secure, and reviewing documentation while constantly updating SWMP can be time consuming and burdensome for those already attending to the day-today activities at the construction site.
iAuditor, the world’s most powerful mobile auditing app, can help better implement SWMP and help save time and money. Paper-based documentation and reporting is replaced by one mobile app. Digital reports are automatically organized and saved in the cloud. Data is accessible anytime via online platform.
To save you time, we have prepared these digital Site Waste Management Plan templates that you can browse and download for free!
Featured Site Waste Management Plan Templates
Use this digitized waste datasheet template for documentation every time construction waste is processed or taken away for disposal. This waste data template can be used to:
- Include construction waste removal details to the SWMP as required by law.
- The collected data can be used when confirming that the SWMP was indeed monitored regularly.
- All iAuditor templates are 100% customizable - no programming skills needed - to suit your business needs.