What is the risk with lightweight compactable?
Lightweight compactable attracts a slight discount versus the cost of true ‘general waste’, so many construction businesses are still maintaining a traditional mindset of ‘buy it cheap & stack it high’ when procuring waste services. However, businesses are taking on risk for short term financial savings.
Although the supplier agreement for lightweight compactable is often with a national company, the management of the individual skip is subcontracted to local operators. This can in turn be subcontracted from collection through to disposal where cost is the defining factor.
Although construction businesses might think that some materials are being recycled, it’s unlikely that is happening at scale. So, at best, this is a grey area and grey areas are at higher risk of becoming green washing areas as new laws, new measurement and reporting are introduced.
What can construction companies do about lightweight compactable?
Using unique, plot-level segregation methods Biffa research has revealed that the vast majority of what is currently referred to as lightweight compactable material is actually ‘packaging’ and can be processed as dry mixed recycling.
By calling it what it is, tradespeople have a clearer understanding of the material which when correctly segregated can offer the developer savings of up to 70% per cubic metre, reducing costs and protecting the environment. So managed properly, everybody wins.