Zero Avoidable Packaging waste in construction – Toolkit Launch

Date: Wednesday 17th May 2023   Time: 16:00-18:30   Location: EDGE Showroom, 146 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5PH

About this event

There is a lack of holistic understanding of the various packaging types that are used for the array of products that enter a construction site and its management both on and offsite compounded by a little recent, substantive data. Construction as a sector is the second-highest consumer of plastics, though its use of plastics in packaging is a forgotten issue.

Discover the findings of the Zero Avoidable Packaging waste in construction Project (ZAP) and hear more about the journey from the project partners, including real life interventions and case studies. We will introduce the new toolkit produced, aimed to help those across the industry, including targeted guidance for each part of the supply chain to reduce and optimise packaging and divert the tide of single use packaging products away from incineration and landfill.

The toolkit will be launched and made available live at the event.

Who is this event for?

Architects, contractors, developers, supply chain, waste contractors, policy makers and anyone interested in reducing packaging in construction.


  • 15:45 Arrival and registration
  • 16:00 Welcome – Katherine Adams, ASBP
  • 16:05 The Ecosurety Exploration Fund – Gareth Morton, Ecosurety
  • 16:10 About the Zap Project and its findings – Katherine Adams, ASBP and Larry Tate, ASBP
  • 16:20 An introduction to the toolkit, followed by Q&A – Katherine Adams, ASBP and Larry Tate, ASBP
  • 16:40 Plastic strategy, followed by Q&A – Georgia Allen, Mace
  • 16:55 The Marlborough Sports Garden live case study, followed by Q&A – Carol Costello, Cullinan Studio
  • 17:10 Reducing plastics in construction & the EMERGE Recycling pilot – Michaela Kiernan, Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub
  • Followed by Q&A
  • 17:25 Closing comments – Katherine Adams, ASBP
  • 17:30 Networking drinks
  • 18:30 Close 

Key information

  • Date: Wednesday 17th May 2023
  • Time: 16:00-17:30 followed by networking drinks from 17:30-18:30
  • Location: EDGE Showroom, 146 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5PH


About the ZAP Project

The zero avoidable packaging waste in construction (ZAP) project is funded by Ecosurety to research and develop scalable solutions to help combat the prevalence of avoidable packaging waste in construction, a sector that is the second-highest consumer of plastics, much of which is not recycled.

The aim is to understand key types of plastic packaging arising on construction sites and identify opportunities for reduction and better management of them across the construction lifecycle.

The project is led by the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) and project partners are Cullinan Studio, Bankside Open Space Trust, Mace and Morgan Sindall. Working with these partners, the economic, environmental and other costs and benefits of changing practices will be evaluated with stakeholders from the construction packaging supply chain. At least five major forms of construction packaging interventions will be prioritized and business as usual versus alternatives robustly assessed.

The project will link up with real-world construction projects to build case studies and offer future training and guidance that will demonstrate the positive actions the whole supply chain and sector can take, helping many organisations reach zero ‘avoidable’ waste by 2050 and eliminating all ‘avoidable’ plastic waste by 2042, commitments within Defra’s Resource and Waste Strategy.


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