The selection process for waste management suppliers is important, but it doesn’t need to be difficult 

Choosing the best waste management supplier to deal with construction waste is not as simple or easy a task as many might think. In law, contractors’ responsibility goes far beyond simply handing over waste to a properly-licensed supplier. In fact, contractors are held responsible for the entire waste lifecycle and therefore must be on top of how its supplier deals with the waste, ensuring it is disposed of in a legal manner at an appropriate facility.

Given the seriousness of your responsibility, it is vital to appropriate care in selecting a waste management supplier. Before appointing a new provider, you should aim to satisfy yourself that they will: comply with all of the relevant legislation (and help you do the same), help streamline your waste management process, minimise the volume of waste that goes to landfill, and support efforts to reduce your overall waste management costs.

These are important considerations, and ones with real financial consequences. To help you, we’ve put together a selection of questions any supplier you’re considering should be able to answer, helping you compare like for like.

A solid checklist, which we have created for our guide to waste management, will ensure that your supplier meets your needs by listing out in straightforward terms the things that you need to bear in mind when assessing a supplier, so allowing you to weigh your options and come to an informed decision.

Ideally, you will be able to answer many of the questions with relation to each potential supplier with a simple visit to their website, but if important information isn’t available online, try contacting them for more details. The way they handle your enquiry will give you an immediate insight into how they will be to work with.

Beyond just ensuring a potential supplier ticks as many boxes as possible, it’s important to use your intuition and common sense: having carried out thorough research, you should select the supplier you believe to be the most competent and that will offer the highest overall level of service and value.

Being sure is being safe: after all, it’s your reputation on the line!

For a more comprehensive checklist of everything your potential supplier should be providing, download our free guide to assessing your waste management supplier.

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