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The Importance of Responsible Plastic Management in the UK Construction Industry


Plastic is a valuable material that has numerous applications in many sectors including the construction industry. However, the plastic usage and mismanagement after use in global business sectors has led to an environmental crisis that is affecting the world.

The UK construction industry is one of the nations largest plastic waste producers, generating over 50,000 tonnes of plastic waste annually. As such, responsible plastic management is crucial to the industry's sustainability.

Here are some reasons why:

Environmental Impact

Society and customers are increasingly aware that plastic waste poses a great threat to the environment. It takes hundreds of years to decompose, and when it does, it can release toxic chemicals that pollute the soil and water. Society and customers do not want to be associated with plastic mismanagement stories.

The UK has set a target to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and the construction industry has a significant role in achieving this target. Responsible plastic management and reduction of problem and pointless plastics can help both reduce the industry's carbon footprint and minimize the environmental impact of plastic waste.


Cost Reduction

Responsible plastic management can help reduce costs in the construction industry. Recycling plastic waste instead of disposing of it can help reduce landfill costs and avoid potential fines for non-compliance with environmental regulations.

Additionally, using recycled plastic in construction can help reduce the cost of raw materials.



Sustainable practices are becoming increasingly important in today's world, and responsible plastic management can help the construction industry improve its reputation.

Customers are becoming more environmentally conscious and are more likely to choose companies that prioritize sustainability and responsible management. By adopting responsible plastic management practices, construction companies can improve their reputation and attract more customers.


Legal Compliance

The UK has strict regulations governing the disposal of plastic waste. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in hefty fines and legal action.

Responsible plastic management can help construction companies avoid legal issues and ensure compliance with environmental regulations.


In conclusion, plastic is an essential component of the construction sector and responsible plastic management is essential for the sustainability of the UK construction industries reputation. It's therefore no surprise that key construction organisations have joined the Responsible Plastic Management (RPM) Program. 

Joining the RPM Program will help Construction companies to reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste, reduce costs, improve their reputation, through credentials and ensure legal compliance. Plastic management will be an important communication in future business tenders and proposals.