As an employer and responsible contractor in the construction industry, Andrew Scott Ltd understand the importance of being accountable for how our operations impact our planet and the people around us. For many years we have been working hard to reduce carbon emissions and ensure our operations have minimal impact on our environment. In this story we will focus on our waste management procedures and commitment to zero avoidable waste.
As a Welsh contractor we are committed to help Welsh Government reach net-zero by 2050 and align to the Well-being of Future Generations Act well-being goals. Our waste management approach contributes to a Resilient Wales by reducing environmental impact and a Prosperous Wales through resource efficiency and sustainable procurement.
All our sites implement Site Waste Management Plans, Waste Stream Assessments and ensure we maximise the reuse of site won and recycled materials. Over the last three years we have achieved 93% waste diverted from landfill and commit to increase this to 97% over the next three years.
An excellent example of our waste management procedures in practice can be seen on the Cross Hands East Strategic Employment Site project currently being delivered for the Cross Hands Joint Venture (a partnership between Carmarthenshire County Council and Welsh Government, supported by the Active Building Centre). This new mixed commercial and industrial development on Plot 3 is being delivered to meet the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge for operational energy target and is a low carbon exemplar project. Along with carbon monitoring in construction and operation, we are implementing the following targets, specification and initiatives to ensure efficient waste management on site:
- 95% total waste diverted to landfill target
- 100% excavation waste material diverted from landfill and recycled
- Site rule implemented for no single use plastics on site
- Segregated skips and bins on site for all construction and site waste
- Implementation of a Resource Management Plan to ensure resource efficiency and reduction of waste
- Use of BIM and the 3D federated BIM model for clash detection and material specifications to minimise waste
- Prefabricated steel frame and structural framing system
- Coordinated and pre-cut ply boards as part of the flat roof build up
- Built up cladding system and composite panels all predetermined and pre-cut off-site
To help us achieve our waste targets above we have partnered with Gavin Griffiths Group, who have a site based in Cwmgwili less than 2 miles from the Cross Hands project. Gavin Griffiths offer a range of waste management solutions to commercial and industrial sectors in South West Wales, offering recycling initiatives to help businesses reduce waste and achieve zero waste to landfill. To date on the Cross Hands project, Gavin Griffiths have taken away 4,020 tonnes of excavation material, 100% of which is being cleaned and washed on their site ready for recycling and reuse. 1,630 tonnes of this material has been re-used on site at Cross Hands as drainage and engineering fill material. Gavin Griffiths are also managing all skips on site, taking it back to their Materials and Recycling Facility.