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Revealed: The Construction Sector’s Plastic Problem

Did you know that
the construction industry accounts for almost a quarter (23%) of the plastic
consumed in the UK?

Did you also know
that every year, 40% of this plastic is sent to landfill? Amounting to 20,000
tonnes – this plastic waste weighs the same amount of two Eiffel Towers.

As a means of
helping the construction industry lessen its plastic usage, Insulation Express
has uncovered the practical solutions construction workers can utilise on a
day-to-day basis: https://www.insulationexpress.co.uk/blog/can-uks-construction-lessen-plastic-usage/

Revealed: The
Construction Sector’s Plastic Problem

  • 95%
    of construction professionals admit that the industry needs to reduce its
    plastic use.
  • Whilst
    the durability of plastic is useful, it’s also part of its demise – it can
    take up to 1000 years to decompose. And whilst it degrades, it
    contaminates our soil and oceans with the release of fossil fuels and
    greenhouse gases.
  • Every
    year, the UK’s construction sector generates 50,000 tonnes of plastic
    packaging waste – which is four times the weight of the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Reducing
    your plastic waste can be a financial benefit, too. One contractor, Risby
    Homes saved £13,000 on a 25-home development project – simply by reducing,
    reusing and recycling their plastic waste.

5 Ways to Reduce
Plastic Waste in Construction

  1. A
    huge proportion of packaging thrown away can often be reused. Talk to your
    supplier to see if they can reduce their packaging, or take back the
    packaging to recycle yourself.
  2. Try
    and order your productions in bulk or larger packs. This will cut the
    volume of packaging per item, and reduce the need for multiple polypropylene
    bags.
  3. Use
    reusable plastic boxes to place and protect materials – before returning
    the boxes to the supplier.
  4. For
    the plastic packaging that can’t be recycled, send it to a licensed Waste
    Management Contractor. They are best placed to decide their destination.
  5. Use
    large sheets of plastic sheeting that arrived as wrapping for use on site
    as weather protection.

Interested in the
full findings? https://www.insulationexpress.co.uk/blog/can-uks-construction-lessen-plastic-usage/

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