The construction industry, historically, produces high levels of waste during the construction process. On their completion, buildings continue to produce waste through the people who live, work and use these buildings and through the process of what they have been built for. Traditionally, construction waste, household waste and non-specific waste from buildings has been disposed of by transfer to landfill sites for burial.


Policy objectives linked to waste call for a reduction in waste that is sent to landfill. This can be done by either using materials in the construction of developments that have been made from other peoples recycled waste or by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill by:


·         minimising the use of materials

·         the reuse, on-site or off site, of materials

·         recycling waste, or

·         using waste for energy recovery.

Thus leaving disposal as the last option.