Building and construction sites can cause pollution through waste and noise.

As a builder or construction worker, you must minimise your impact on the environment and local community.

Our guidance for the construction industry includes information on:

The industrial waste resource guidelines (IWRG) consolidate waste publications under the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 and provide links to useful resources.

How to manage risks from construction

The construction sector guide (publication 1820) can help you identify which of your activities could cause harm from pollution and waste. It outlines a simple four-step process to help you manage your risks.

The guide includes information about:

  • your legal obligations, starting with the general environmental duty
  • EPA’s approach to compliance and enforcement
  • common hazards in construction.  

Draft guide for civil construction, building and demolition

We are developing new and updated guidance in consultation with industry.

The Civil construction, building and demolition guide aims to contribute to your understanding of good environmental practice under new environment protection laws. It will provide information about new duties, how to identify risk, and control options you can put in place to manage risk. It will be released as an interim guide in 2020 and later updated.

Reviewed 2 October 2020