Responsible Construction as stipulated by the EMPr

In South Africa the Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) regulates the waste production of construction sites and assesses potential effects on the environment. The EMPr is implemented to control all phases of a project in an attempt to minimise environmental damage that could result during any of these phases.

 

Contractors must take note of any issues during construction and abide by the limitations the programme has set out. One of the most important and perhaps most obvious questions is what gets left behind afterwards.

 

Site clearance

 

The stockpiling of soil for site clearance needs to be kept for as short a time as possible according to the EMPr. If you hire a site clearance company you will cut out tedious steps in the process – stockpiles can be stored under shade-cloth and measures can be taken to avoid erosion.

 

Recycling waste

 

To keep waste and damage to a minimum, anything that can be reused or recycled needs to be separated and organised to follow the correct processes. Protocol calls for materials to be sorted into:

 

  • Cardboard and paper
  • Reusable packing materials
  • Plastics
  • Aluminium
  • Metals (not including aluminium)
  • Wood
  • Organic waste
  • Glass
  • Building rubble (clean)

 

Empty cement bags need to be disposed of properly by the end of the working day or stored properly. Hazardous waste – everything from petroleum to chemicals – must be disposed of properly.

 

Transporting materials

 

When vehicles are transporting materials the contractor is held responsible for any material that falls out as a result of carelessness or improper securing of the materials. The EMPr stipulates all vehicles and petrol reserves must be stored properly after use. If you make use of a plant hire company you can sidestep the hassle as the permits and authorisations of storage and use of construction vehicles are taken care of for you.

 

Rubble removal

 

Once the project is complete the site needs to be cleared of all building waste. This includes rubble that could potentially be reused. If you make use of a rubble removal service this task is taken care of on your behalf. The rubble may then be crushed, reused or sent to an approved landfill as stipulated by the EMPr.

 

To assist with all your construction needs you can contact us to execute site clearance in Gauteng: we will do the heavy lifting.

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