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Waste Strategy in Construction

Waste management in construction

Waste identification and minimisation is key to the success of Tayside Contracts. Direction is given from the Business Plan 2017 – 2020 The Road to 2020 to;

  • ‘Minimise our impact on the environment and maximise our contribution to society’
  • ‘Minimise expenditure and waste’
  • ‘Deliver all our services in a more social and environmental way’

The Construction Division Waste Management Strategy 2013/14 – 2020/21 sets out the specific plan and direction in detail with the following highlights demonstrating action

Recycling Centres

Since 2004 Tayside Contracts have had a network of recycling centres to process its road maintenance waste into 

products suitable to incorporate back into its construction projects.

Recycling Centres are located throughout our operating area;

  • Collace Quarry, Collace PH2 6JB
  • Kirriemuir Road, Forfar DD8 3TH
  • Cairnie Loan, Arbroath DD11 4DS
  • Wright Avenue, Dundee DD2 1UR
  • Ruthvenfield Road, Perth PH1 3EE (Transfer Station)

All materials produced for sale are manufactured in accordance with the Specification for Highway works;

  • Type 1 sub base
  • 6F2 75mm Crusher Run
  • Road Planings

All recycling by products that cannot be manufactured into a product are diverted from landfill with suitable uses negotiated with local supply chain partners

Ecological Waste Water Treatment Facility

Three facilities have been constructed and operate to treat gully waste and street sweepings. The system reduces materials to landfill. Located locally, at the following locations, our operational carbon footprint is also reduced.

  • Kirriemuir Road, Forfar DD8 3TH
  • Wright Avenue, Dundee DD2 1UR 
  • Loanleven, Almondbank PH1 3NF


Tayset® is a cold mix paving system that was developed in partnership with The University of Dundee in conjunction with Nynas AB

It is a replacement product for conventional pavement base and binder layers delivering financial as well as environmental benefits in terms of;

  • Utilising a high level of recycled material (+65%)
  • Minimising energy used through use bitumen emulsion at ambient temperatures
  • Conserving natural resources through minimising virgin aggregate use
  • Minimising waste and potential landfill

Tayset® is laid as per conventional hot material through a paving machine or by hand and enhances onsite operational performance with reduced waiting and material waste.


Taydress is a paving system that utilises Tayset® with surface dressing as a surface course delivering environmental savings through construction time and reduced material resource

Thin surface

Tayside contracts suite of proprietary surface course products deliver more for less, increasing durability while reducing pavement thickness.

Quarry Recycled Aggregate Products (RAP)

Collace Quarry maximise where possible RAP back into the asphalt production process preserving virgin aggregates and reducing waste and possible landfill.

Trials continually seek opportunities to reuse quarry by-products back into the asphalt mix adding value.

Lean Construction

The introduction of Lean Thinking into the Construction Division of the business in 2008, and its sustained drive and commitment, ensure all waste is minimised from the processes and operations we deliver.


Through investment in vehicles, continued driver training, route optimisation and plant utilisation fuel usage within the organisation is reducing year on year.

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