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Design Specifications and Waste Management Plans

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Study the Plans

Not sure how to develop a waste management plan? Just follow the simple steps listed here.

Successful waste prevention and recycling programs outline the requirements up front so that all team members will understand what is expected of them.

Design Specifications

When creating design specifications, include specific language to address expectations for waste reduction, reuse and recycling during construction and demolition. The following examples are available:

Waste Management Plans

A waste management plan does not need to be lengthy or complicated to be effective, but a successful plan should contain the following information.

  • Waste recycling or reuse goals
  • Analysis of project waste
  • Disposal methods
  • Material handling procedures
  • Instructions for the crew and subcontractors

Waste Management Plan Checklist (PDF, 75 K)
Waste Management Plan Template (PDF, 25 K)
Waste Management Report (PDF, 22 K)

Specifications in Subcontractor Agreements

In addition, for large projects, it is important to specify the waste management goals in any subcontractor agreements. For example, the subcontractor agreement might state: "The subcontractor will make a good-faith effort to reduce the amount of waste generated on the jobsite and recycle material as per the contractor's waste management plan. The subcontractor will follow the designated handling procedures for each type of waste generated on site and provide documentation to verify material reuse, recycling and disposal as indicated in the waste management plan."

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Updated: Jun. 22, 2016

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