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Recycle construction waste (On site separation practices)

SDG Alignment

12. Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns

UN SDG Target


Target Description

By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

Level of Effort

Level of Effort Scale


1 -Quick Wins: solution involves adding criteria for the good or service being purchased (ex: certifications), minimal internal process changes.

2 -Long Term Adoption: solution requires some changes to internal processes and/or more capital investment (ex: digital transformation to reduce paper use).

3 – Disruptive Opportunities: requires significant investment and changes to internal processes (ex: retrofitting building)

Category Assessment


1. Assess the current recycling practices followed.

2. Evaluate all materials used in construction and classify them into different categories (recyclable and non-recyclable).

3. Calculate the current spend on the waste management process.

4. Align with suppliers to allocate a specific sum towards implementing an on-site separation and recycling initiative beneficial for both parties.

5. Contact and request assistance from local construction recycling services available for consultation on best practices.

Opportunity Identification 

Reduce on-site material hauling and disposal costs by working with recyclers to accept materials (for a lower charge) that can be recycled—scope to build brand image.

High energy savings from decreased consumption of natural resources and reduced waste materials sent to landfills.

Strategy Build & Execution

1. Align stakeholders with the goals, targets, and benefits of an on-site materials recycling program (can be done through short training programs).

2. Develop the on-site separation program to classify the materials based on their recyclability (initial training and efforts to be provided).

3. Align with suppliers to procure better quality materials to reduce rejects due to defects that add to the waste material pile.

4. Collect and dispose of materials at the nearest construction recycling center identified.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

1. Training to be included in the contract and have clear expectations that all contractors should enroll in a training program for on-site separation practices.

2. Leverage during negotiations with other construction companies to develop such a trial program to build their sustainability, offering portfolio and cost savings to other clients and their market.

3. Leverage your business's experience to implement a material recycling program for the contractor into the contract with them.

Supplier Performance & Management

1. Regular follow up on training certifications to ensure being used by all contractors.

2. Monitor the monthly reporting system to outline and track the number of materials recycled.

3. Half-yearly meetings to discuss new technologies that complement the JIT program and make it more efficient.

4. Schedule quarterly meetings to discuss the JIT system implementation in general and feedback from each team on improvement areas.

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