When dealing with construction waste management and other areas of waste disposal, it is increasingly important that you consider the environment, especially regarding procurement.

What is ISO 20400?

ISO 20400 is a guidance standard which means there is no certificationfrom the ISO. However, it does establish definitions and processes forsustainable procurement.

In the opening lines in the introduction of the ISO 20400 it states, “Every organization has environmental, social and economic impacts." The document further states that procurement can be used as a powerful tool to help organisations contribute to sustainable development.

The construction industry is rightly proud of its progress in reducing the level of waste going to landfill and the introduction of more sustainable working practices. But there's plenty more that can be done, judging by estimates that the industry is responsible for 45% of carbon emissions and a third of all waste in the UK.

That's why ISO 20400, a new standard for sustainable procurement, is paramount to getting construction and other industries thinking more clearly, at an earlier design stage, about how they will meet their sustainability objectives, including levels of reuse and recycling.

Sustainable procurement is no longer just a box-ticking exercise that can be viewed as an add-on to the building project planning process. Many contract awards, particularly in the public sector, are now awarded as much on social factors as they are on cost and project timescales.

Sustainable procurement policies are a fantastic opportunity for businesses to improve both their productivity, their performance and therefore their brand reputation.Additionally, in clause 4 of the document, you can see an overview of sustainable procurement. The clause describes not only the principles and core subjects of sustainable procurement but also examines the reasons why organisations and businesses might choose to undertake sustainable procurement.

If you would like to read more information about ISO 20400 you can do so by purchasing the standard from the International Organization for Standardization website.

The Importance of Responsible Waste Management

Any sustainability message has the circular economy at its heart, which means waste management should be a key part of achieving ISO 20400. Some firms prefer the term 'circular procurement', where their choices at the outset of a decision-making process ensure that materials are still suitable at their end-of-life for repair or refurbishment and reuse.Closing this materials loop is something that AWS is passionate about as we continue our pursuit of zero waste objectives.

So if you want to achieve sustainable procurement, working with a responsible and legally compliant waste management business that respects and understands the importance of the environment is key. You'll need to implement a waste solution that reduces waste and maximises recycling rates.

Thanks to our extensive knowledge within the construction sector, our construction waste management services deliver high quality, reliable and cost-effective waste services for a wide variety of construction projects whilst keeping recycling rates high.If you're interested in our waste management services within the construction sector,please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and dedicated team.

Simply call us on 01202 870833 or email us at mail@aws.uk.com

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