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Significant quantities of waste are generated during the construction of dwelling house; and the person responsible for the management of construction should ensure that all waste is recovered or disposed of in accordance with Waste Management Legislation.


Inert Waste


Waste arising during construction such as clay, spoil, bricks, blocks, concrete, concrete tiles, ceramic tiles, etc, are classified as ‘Inert Waste’ provided they are not contaminated with other waste. These materials can be reused onsite for infill purpose. However, if these materials are removed of-site they are subject to regulation under Waste Management Act and associated regulation. ‘Inter Waster’ removed of-site should be transported by a contractor who has a valid Waste Collection Permit and should only be deposited at a site which has a Waste Permit.


Recyclable Waste


Wastes arising during construction such as timber, cardboard, metals, should be separated from the general waste streams for recycling. It is acceptable to cut up untreated timber for the purposes of using as firewood in conventional domestic fireplaces, ranges, etc.


Hazardous Waste


Hazardous waste such as drums or tins containing hazardous chemicals (with hazard symbols) oil based paints or varnishes, wood preservatives, herbicides, pesticides, batteries, shall be separated from mixed waste and treated as hazardous waste. Water based emulsions are classed as non-hazardous. County councils usually provide facilities at their transfer stations to take domestic quantities of these hazardous wastes. Larger quantities of hazardous waste should be collected by a specialised waste collector.


Waste Management Guidelines for the New Homeowner