Design specifications and waste management plans
Successful waste prevention and recycling programs outline the requirements up front so that all team members will understand what is expected of them.
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:
- Section 017419 - Construction Waste ManagementDownload PDF 75 K - also used as Section 01505 and Section 1524
- Section 01736 - Building Deconstruction (and Salvage)Download PDF 26 K - also used as Section 02050 or Section 024293 under 2004 CSI
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
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."