Build UK adopts PAS 402

Major construction contractors are requiring their waste management contractors to attain PAS 402 as a UK wide standard.

The key members of BuildUK have given their supply chain till January 2018 to attain the standard or make significant progress towards it. Build UK was formed from the merger of UK Contractors Group (UKCG) and National Specialist Contractors’ Council (NSCC) and represents over 11,000 contractors within the construction supply chain.

The PAS 402 standard and corresponding Green Compass Scheme certification were developed by Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) whose efforts to minimise waste across the country were being held back by the lack of accurate and reliable reporting data. As well as standardising and verifying data quality, PAS 402 helps contractors to accurately identify materials that require attention for example those that could be reused or reduced, or those that could be recycled rather than sent to landfill. This helps contractors to not only meet their legal requirements by treating waste in line with the waste hierarchy, but also to, in the longer term, look to design out waste across a build.

In 2015, Powerday became the first company in England to be accredited to PAS402. This accreditation was renewed in 2016 and 2017 following an extensive annual audit process.

Powerday Sales and Marketing Director, Simon Little says: “When we present data to our clients as well as understanding the extent of our operations they also need to know that the data generated is accurate and importantly satisfies their own internal audit protocols. We recognised very early on that PAS 402 helps to ensure this so we welcome the adoption of PAS402 by the UK construction industry”.