Sorting waste should be an integral part of proper management of a construction site. Not only does carefully considered waste management bring down costs, it also has a positive impact on workplace safety at the construction site.
The SuperDrecksKëscht® fir Betriber construction site concept aims to improve waste prevention and management on construction sites and therefore contributes towards running the site in compliance with legal provisions.
The SuperDrecksKëscht® fir Betriber concept provides you with useful information to reduce the quantities and harmfulness of waste.
When a construction site joins SuperDrecksKëscht® fir Betriber, it brings the following benefits:
- Inspection of the construction site by SuperDrecksKëscht® fir Betriber consultants for the label inspection and to report on the status of the sorting centre to the signatories of the framework agreement.
- Providing stickers to label the different collection containers.
- Quantifying the volumes of waste generated as part of the construction.
- Designing the collection point (container size, site plan, etc.) on the construction site.
- Providing a leaflet to raise awareness of the sorting centre amongst users.
- Organising additional training for personnel responsible for waste.
- Using the fact that a construction site is being monitored or managed as a SuperDrecksKëscht® fir Betriber-labelled construction site for advertising purposes
If the criteria for awarding the SDK label are met, the construction site may be granted the SDK label. Applying the SuperDrecksKëscht® fir Betriber concept allows developers and operations to contribute to sustainable development.
Point 1: Design
When the construction site is still being designed, it can be very helpful for developers, architects, engineers and also building firms to know what types of waste will be generated generally (centralised waste management concept) or per trade (decentralised waste management concept) during the construction phase. This information allows you to calculate the disposal costs and to plan and optimise the container logistics. Therefore, a calculation tool called OYAT was created to allow all parties involved to simply estimate the type and quantity of waste products in advance.
The “cubic metres of enclosed space” of the building volume are used as reference dimensions. This information is available to the architect or engineer. Beyond that, you just need to enter the construction stage and the trade. These three inputs of information are all you need to work out estimated quantities of waste from building construction work. (Oyat.exe)
Is the size and type of the collection container, which allows a site plan to be created to optimise the surface area of the sorting centre.
If the construction project requires a separate tender to construct a sorting centre on the construction site, then SDK can provide the person responsible with a ready-made template.
In order to integrate all parties involved on a construction site right from the beginning, in our experience it is useful to draw up a framework agreement between the person responsible for the construction site and the subcontractor.
If the developer / site managers wish to obtain the quality label for ecological waste management at the construction site, a framework agreement between the developer / site managers and SuperDrecksKëscht® must be signed. The exact criteria for awarding the label are below in Point 3.
Point 2: Implementation
Once the infrastructure has been set up at the construction site in accordance with the concept created by the consultant, after a period of time agreed with the client a date is then set on which the implementation of the concept is reviewed and the employees are trained. Employees will be instructed on how to use the collection point in a practical context and any questions that arise will be answered. Information sheets may also be produced for sorting centre users, in order to improve the quality of collection.
Optimising the container logistics and motivating the employees in particular are the main factors in this initial phase. The consultant works through the individual points of the waste management analysis they produced, and gives the client the findings of their review and any proposed changes. Points marked in red in particular must be improved by the client as soon as possible in order to demonstrate progress in waste management by the next visit.
Point 3: Awarding the label
As mentioned above, the SDK label for ecological waste management can only be issued after a construction site has joined (= signed the framework agreement).
The decision of whether or not the label can be issued depends on the criteria for awarding and receiving the label.
The criteria for receiving the label include:
- Collection and sorting (e.g. is there consistent sorting of reusable and hazardous materials?)
- Storage – Safety (e.g. is environmentally hazardous waste secured by a proper catchment device so that there is no risk of polluting the water and soil?)
- Visual appearance (e.g. is the collection station in a clean and tidy state?)
- Processing (e.g. can the company provide complete evidence of the disposal of its waste?)
- Prevention (are there prevention initiatives/activities)
- Management (e.g. is there a waste balance sheet?)
If the waste management label is awarded, it remains valid for one year and can only be renewed or extended after a new client analysis. If any serious defects are identified during an inspection, this will lead to revocation of the label.