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How to Reduce Waste on Construction Sites

Being more sustainable and reducing waste on construction sites is becoming more popular as we look to save money, materials, and the planet. There are many ways that construction sites can optimise their processes to cater to this, including better planning, using sustainable materials, and reducing waste.

Here at Craddock Metal Recycling Limited, we are a scrap metal dealer in Redditch and have a lot of experience in working with construction sites to recycle their metal waste. We use this experience to run you through reducing waste on construction sites below.

Sustainable Materials

The practice of using sustainable materials in construction, also known as ‘green construction’ is the idea of builders pledging to use sustainable materials where possible to reduce waste and protect the environment.

Energy consumption is also reduced, and contractors can often save money by recycling and using materials that may have gone to waste.

Reduce Waste

With careful planning and consideration, waste altogether can be drastically reduced. For example, you might opt to integrate ‘standard sizes’ of materials into the design of your project so there is less need to cut materials to size – reducing waste.

You might also be conservative with materials and design intelligently to reduce the amount that needs to be used for different things, being more meticulous with plumbing, for example.

Recycle, Donate, Sell

Any excess materials can be made the most of in a number of ways, whether that is recycling, donating, or even selling. There are plenty of materials left over from a construction project that can, at the very least, be recycled.

Things left over that are intact and usable could be donated to a good cause for a new life, and you might even be able to sell certain things with some value. Furniture, bathroom items like toilets and sinks, and kitchen equipment may all make back some money.


One of the keys to consciously reducing waste on construction sites is to plan effectively. This means to design with sustainability in mind; designing to use the fewest materials in the most effective way.


Organisation is also essential because it will help you keep track of materials used and what can be put into the categories above (whether that is recycling, donating, selling, or even reusing). By setting specific places for different categories of items and grouping things together that can be sold or scrapped (specifically, metal) you can be effective at reducing your waste on site.

Scrapping Metal

Scrap metal is a fantastic way to recuperate costs from a construction project because, if accumulated together, there may be a good amount of different types of metal. Copper piping, lead drains (in older properties) and much more can all be found on site and sold to a licensed scrap metal dealer to put some money in your pocket but also reduce your impact on the environment by ensuring the materials are recycled and not just thrown away.

Achieving Waste Reduction

The key to reducing waste on construction sites is to be conscious, organised, and plan things meticulously. If you do all of that, you will achieve the goal of reducing the impact on the environment that your project has, and you will most likely save money in the process.

Craddock Metal Recycling Limited

If you have metal that you would like to scrap, contact Craddock Metal Recycling Limited today. We are a licensed scrap metal dealer and you can call us on 01527 66866 or fill out our simple contact form to speak with our knowledgeable team.