Project Background

The Waste and Resources Team within RSK Geoscience were commissioned by Taylor Wimpey to undertake waste management audits on construction sites in one of their regional divisions (Taylor Wimpey South Thames). The aim of the audits was to better understand the full waste management process, from head office through to the construction phase on site, in order to support Taylor Wimpey in meeting its waste prevention and reduction, sustainability, and net zero carbon targets. The audits took the form of a review of the processes and procedures being utilised to aid in the identification of best practice techniques, and areas for improvement.

What Did The Project Involve? 

The RSK Waste and Resources team undertook a review of the aims, targets and data supplied by Taylor Wimpey South Thames to create bespoke audit templates for the construction sites and regional office.

The audits themselves involved an RSK Senior Waste Management Consultant undertaking half day audits at five active construction sites and a half day audit at the regional head office to provide a holistic view of the waste management activities, processes, and procedures.

Each of the site audits commenced with a discussion with the Site Manager covering various topics and questions including waste management techniques and associated documentation, data capture and reporting, training, communication mechanisms, and existing best practice techniques.

This was followed by a site walkaround reviewing the waste management processes and procedures; including checks on the waste containers, signage and material management systems being used, whilst discussing opportunities for improvement and best practice with the Site Manager.

The regional office audit took the form of discussions with various members of the sustainability and commercial teams, following the construction process through from planning and pre-site set up to on-site practices and final completion of a build.


The Final Report

The final report provided a comprehensive view of the collated findings from the audits and a strong insight into all aspects of waste management processes and procedures employed by Taylor Wimpey South Thames. A presentation was also made to the client team summarising the audit findings. Each aspect was thoroughly covered, providing not only an overview, but also identifying specific actionable outcomes relating to waste management good practices, improvements and efficiencies which could support Taylor Wimpey South Thames in meeting their waste reduction and sustainability targets.



Key Client Benefits 

  • An independent and holistic view of the waste and material management techniques utlised and identify where efficiencies and best practice with respect to the waste hierarchy could be implemented.


  • Identification of a wide range of actions to enable improved waste and material management throughout the project life cycle.


  • Actions to improve waste management efficiency and implement best practice to meet waste management and sustainability targets.


  • Waste and Resource team being able to provide support




For further information, contact:

Tim Holding (Director – Waste and Resources)