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The contractor's view

Environment and waste

Kier Eastern introduced its own environmental management system based on the DTI's SWMP guidance a year ago.

Environmental manager Peter Johnson says that identifying the types of waste that arise on a project and when they are most likely to arise is an extremely effective planning tool.

This is especially so, he says, when working on small or spatially awkward sites, as sizes and timings of orders can be managed more effectively.

Johnson says that he is condent Kier Eastern will comply with SWMP legislation when it becomes compulsory.

'It shouldn't pose any challenges, provided that it isn't a seven to eight-page document that you are required to ll in, ' says Johnson.

'Our system uses a two-page document with a series of reminders and bullet points.

'What you don't want is something that will take the project manager a long time to complete, because then it's less likely to happen.

'The time constraints on project managers for health and safety alone are enormous so it needs to be simple and not increase administration.'

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