Revealed: The Construction Sector’s Plastic Problem

Did you know that the construction industry accounts for almost a quarter (23%) of the plastic consumed in the UK?

Did you also know that every year, 40% of this plastic is sent to landfill? Amounting to 20,000 tonnes – this plastic waste weighs the same amount of two Eiffel Towers.

As a means of helping the construction industry lessen its plastic usage, Insulation Express has uncovered the practical solutions construction workers can utilise on a day-to-day basis:

Revealed: The Construction Sector’s Plastic Problem

  • 95% of construction professionals admit that the industry needs to reduce its plastic use.
  • Whilst the durability of plastic is useful, it’s also part of its demise – it can take up to 1000 years to decompose. And whilst it degrades, it contaminates our soil and oceans with the release of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases.
  • Every year, the UK’s construction sector generates 50,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste – which is four times the weight of the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Reducing your plastic waste can be a financial benefit, too. One contractor, Risby Homes saved £13,000 on a 25-home development project – simply by reducing, reusing and recycling their plastic waste.

5 Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste in Construction

  1. A huge proportion of packaging thrown away can often be reused. Talk to your supplier to see if they can reduce their packaging, or take back the packaging to recycle yourself.
  2. Try and order your productions in bulk or larger packs. This will cut the volume of packaging per item, and reduce the need for multiple polypropylene bags.
  3. Use reusable plastic boxes to place and protect materials – before returning the boxes to the supplier.
  4. For the plastic packaging that can’t be recycled, send it to a licensed Waste Management Contractor. They are best placed to decide their destination.
  5. Use large sheets of plastic sheeting that arrived as wrapping for use on site as weather protection.

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