The construction industry is a major source of pollution. Individual builders, small/medium/ enterprises and larger companies are all responsible for the impact they have on the environment. Every year, the Environment Agency responds to as many as 350 pollution incidents caused by construction. Furthermore, construction, demolition and excavation waste is found in illegal waste sites; an 'invisible' source of environmental pollution from the construction sector.
Responsibility for preventing pollution rests with those in control of the site. Identify activities and risks, plan appropriate control measures which may include: secondary containment, designated areas, procedures, screening, drainage separation, slit traps, settlement lagoons.