Site waste management plans
Produced in partnership with Warren Percival of RSK
Site waste management plans

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Warren Percival of RSK provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Site waste management plans
  • What are site waste management plans?
  • Are SWMPs still used?
  • What are the benefits of producing a SWMP?
  • What did the former regime in England require?

What are site waste management plans?

Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs) were introduced as a way of providing greater rigour and transparency in relation to waste movements across a significant number of projects within the property and construction sector. Originally used as a best practice guide, they were given ascent as Site Waste Management Plans Regulations 2008 (SWMP Regulations), SI 2008/314 and subsequently during the recession, were reverted back to a non-statutory requirement.

Many in the industry still maintain a form of SWMP for their works as it is seen as an industry standard for the effective identification, classification and management of wastes (and materials) higher up the waste hierarchy and before site works are started (to ensure advantage can be gained from design etc to eliminate or plan to re-use wastes). Contractors and developers alike also utilise the SWMPs to aggregate details on the volumes of waste generated across their projects, and aid in providing tangible data for corporate reporting.

Some contractual arrangements also state a requirement for SWMPs, and may also be included as a planning condition from several local authorities.

SWMPs are intended to reduce waste and promote recycling or reuse of construction materials. They set out the amount and type of waste that is expected to be produced on a construction site and how it will be managed. The recovery, disposal or

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