Laing O’Rourke tells vendors to clean up

18 January 2010
19 January 2010 | Jake Kanter


Construction firm Laing O’Rourke has told suppliers to cut waste or risk losing out on deals.

In a memo to suppliers, the building company said evidence of waste minimisation would help them to win work.


“On future jobs, you should expect that waste minimisation will be discussed as part of our pre-contract negotiations with you. Agreed waste minimisation/re-use/recycling measures will be embedded in the project’s site waste management plan, and we will expect and support you to follow through on these measures,” the Laing O’Rourke memo said.

“Waste minimisation is good corporate responsibility, good for the environment and will only get more and more important. Be prepared!”


The construction firm told contractors it wanted to turn good ideas into action. The move is thought to be in reaction to Laing O’Rourke’s clients setting tougher targets on waste.

Laing O’Rourke did not respond to SM’s request for comment.
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