Construction Waste Management Plan Set Up
Follow these guidelines to launch an on-site waste management plan. More information and tips are available in the DLC Toolkit. You can also download a sample construction waste management plan prepared by Metro Vancouver.
Step 1: Estimate your waste and recyclables
Based on the type and size of your project estimate the type and quantity of waste materials generated on site. (For averages, refer to the Waste Generation Rates Table on page 53 in the DLC Toolkit.)
Demolition, New Construction and Renovation Projects Waste Generation Rates
* This is an average calculated from a wide range of renovation projects such as kitchen, bathroom, deck and roof
** This rate was calculated from a range or commercial retrofits and tenant improvement projects
Step 2: Choose a recycling program that fits
Decide what type of collection is appropriate for your site and research hauling options.
Source separation: recyclables are sorted on-site and put into separate bins; results in lower tipping fees at recycling facilities.
Mixed collection: recyclables put into one bin and taken to a facility for sorting; good for sites with limited space.
Step 3: Create a waste management plan
The plan should have all the information needed for workers to achieve the waste diversion goals and targets.
Step 4: Organize your recycling program
Designate a person or team who will be responsible for implementing the program and monitoring the site.
Metro Vancouver has an excellent database of salvage contractors, construction waste haulers and processors that salvage, reuse and recycle construction wastes. You can search Metro Vancouver Recycles by location, material, service or facility names.
Metro Vancouver Recycles
Metro Vancouver also has a list of facilities that accept construction and demolition waste, along with facility-specific diversion rates and a list of materials each facility is authorized and unauthorized to accept:
Facility Diversion Rates