Managing Waste on Site: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Disposing of waste sustainably has long been a challenge for construction sites, especially with the large volumes of debris that projects can produce. A high proportion of this is simply sent to landfill sites, which have a negative impact on the environment, contributing to climate change.

Here we discuss some key strategies for managing waste more sustainably on site, including the ways you can reduce, reuse, and recycle materials.


When you implement strategies to reduce the amount of waste you produce in the first place, this will mean there is less rubbish to deal with when you finish a construction project. At the planning and procurement stage, you should make sure to order as much as you need, and not more, to reduce waste. Plus, if you order standard sizes, this should help decrease the number of offcuts. If you do accidentally order too much, then you can sell on any unused materials to ensure these are not wasted.


Another sustainable practice for managing waste is to reuse the materials that may not be recyclable. If you have no use for them, sell or donate them to others who do. Surplus items or materials should be separated into categories (such as wood, glass, metal, etc.) and kept in weatherproof storage areas. This will ensure the items remain in good condition and are easily transferable to new owners. 


Last, but not least, is recycling! Recyclable items should be set aside to be disposed of separately from the general waste, so that they can have a new life as something else. Many materials such as cardboard are widely recycled, but others may need to be specially recycled. At Glendining Signs, we offer a range of waste signs to help you segregate recyclable and non-recyclable materials into skips. For a quick and easy waste sign solution, use our waste management sign pack, which comes with colour-coded signs for different types of materials.

Sustainable Signage

As construction sign suppliers, we know the challenges the industry faces with waste and recycling, so we use sustainable signage materials where possible to ensure we don’t add to the problem. We have developed a fully recyclable signage material, S-Board. It is 100% fibre-based, and not just recyclable but compostable and biodegradable too. This material is available as an option on our Quickfit signs, including temporary safety signs, display boards, and more. Read our guide to understanding signage materials to learn more about S-Board and other sustainable signage materials we use at Glendining Signs.

Even just by opting for recyclable waste signs instead of plastic temporary signage, you are helping the environment. If you would like more information, or want to discuss custom signage options, get in touch. We are experienced construction sign suppliers in the UK, so you can rest assured that our products will meet your every requirement.

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