Tool Box Talks – Waste disposal

  1. Don’t create it in the first place
  2. Segregate and place waste in the correct skip
  3. If you are unsure which is the correct skip to use, ask your Foreman
  4. Don’t overfill a skip
  5. Keep the area around a skip tidy
  6. Waste is known as “Controlled” or “Special” waste:
  7. Controlled waste is any kind of household and most kinds of construction waste
  8. If there are skips for recyclable materials, only place the correct materials in that skip




  1. Special waste is usually more hazardous to life e.g. CoSHH, acids, chemicals, etc. and this is more expensive to treat or dispose.
  2. Never mix Controlled and Special waste in the same skip as costs go up 5 times
  3. Personal rubbish or canteen waste must be placed in the bins provided to discourage rats, which are a health hazard
  4. Always store materials tidily so that they will not be damaged. This will save you energy going back to the Stores
If you are a subcontractor, do you know which skip your waste goes in?
  1. Never discharge any water or substance from site into a watercourse or onto land without first obtaining permission from Site Management.
  2. If settling tanks/ponds or soak ways become ineffective, tell your supervisor.
  3. Report at once any item of plant or machinery that starts to leak oil or fuel, or if the drip trays become full or ineffective.
  4. Do not attempt to re-fuel any item of plant or machinery away from the designated re-fueling points.
  5. Any empty drums, having contained fuels or chemicals, must be returned to the “empty drum” storage area
  6. If there is an oil/fuel/chemical spillage, report this to Site Management at once
  7. If you are approached by anyone from the Environment Agency, be courteous and direct them to Site Management.
Are you aware of all nearby water courses or likely sources of pollution?

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