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Worker management collaboration results in 100% landfill diversion

A “milestone in worker participation” has resulted in the diversion of 100% of construction waste from landfill during the build of a £7m maths centre at the University of Nottingham.

Wastecycle’s construction development manager Dan Shearstone says that all 314 tonnes of waste wood, plasterboard, metal and food produced by the project was recycled at its Colwick plant.

Shearstone attributes this to close co-operation between workers and management of the main contractor, Kier Construction, particularly with the targeted use of ‘tool box talks’.

“Much of this is due to the willing co-operation of the on-site workers and the management at the main contractor, Kier Construction,” says Shearstone. “Our account manager was a regular visitor giving construction teams ‘tool box talks’ promoting the message that time was available to separate materials into the many types of waste bins we made available.

“For Kier, this realised a saving of 13% on their overall waste management costs.”

Kier’s buying manager, Gavin Jamieson, says: “Wastecycle worked closely with us to establish the most efficient and cost effective solutions to a challenging project and we’ll continue to work in collaboration with them to achieve these impressive results in future.”

The University of Nottingham’s maths building features a 380 seat lecture theatre and other educational facilities. The design is nooted for its streamlined, contemporary style, and was delivered to the top level of the environmental assessment ratings method BREEAM.

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