Construction’s plastic waste problem

(Picture: Lily Toner)

While the UK as a whole is learning to create less plastic waste, the construction industry is producing more and more.

According to an analysis of latest government data, plastic waste from theUK as a whole decreased by 2.7%. But  construction , it seems, didn’t get the memo. UK construction industry plastic waste increased by 46% over the same two years.

The figures from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) relate to the two years to March 2018, making them three years out of date – but they are the latest available data.

The statistics suggest that while waste in general is an issue for the construction industry, plastic waste is particularly problematic.  Over the four years to March 2018, plastic waste from UK construction companies increased 70%. Total wastage of all materials from the construction industry increased by 2.2% in the same four year period.

In 2018 the UK construction industry created 98,284 tonnes of plastic waste.

Read more at The Construction Index.