Reduce the amount of construction waste sent to landfills through source reduction activities during design and manufacture of building materials.
Work to procure suppliers that reduce construction waste before materials are delivered to the project site. Engage suppliers early on to review how materials are being delivered, packaged and transported to the project site and select suppliers that make an effort to minimize waste at the source (e.g. manufacturing site, distribution center and transport). Focus on building material that has large quantities (e.g. cladding, glazing, etc.).
Incorporate the project team’s construction waste source reduction goals within the construction waste management plan.
Projects shall provide documentation to support the selected supplier has developed a strategy to minimize waste.
Example of Packaging Reduction
- The project’s team lighting supplier traditionally delivered light bulbs in cardboard boxes that are wrapped in plastic. This ensured safe delivery of product but also created construction waste. Through early on procurement discussions with multiple suppliers the project team selected a supplier that was to provide plastic bins to transport light bulbs. The product was delivered safely and plastic bins were sent back to the supplier creating zero waste.
- Use reusable blankets instead of crates, shrink-wrap, or cardboard for protection of materials during shipping, for example millwork.
- Reduce void spaces and fillers in packaging
- Eliminate plastic wherever possible
- Use reusable or easily recyclable materials
- Order materials in concentrated form
- Order materials delivered in returnable boxes or pallets
- Manufacturer/Supplier provided Construction Waste Reduction Plan describing means and methods.
- Include comparison of conventional method and best practice method. Highlight waste eliminated through best practice method.
- Photo documentation of source reduction materials being delivered to site.
EPA Waste Management Hierarchy https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018- 07/documents/2015_smm_msw_factsheet_07242018_fnl_508_002.pdf