Materials and waste

Minimizing waste and responsible use of resources are one of our focus areas in the Skanska Color Palette™ and our Journey to Deep Green™.

Aggregates include various grades of gravel, sand and crushed stone.

Skanska's focus on resource efficiency involves reducing self-generated waste, which can be avoided by better planning, procurement, transport and storage. Diverting construction waste from landfill centers on reuse, recycling and recovery. Since 2008, the Group has tracked self-generated waste as a key performance indicator. More than 10 years later, the self-generated waste that goes to landfill across the Group has declined from close to 30 percent to less than 6 percent, demonstrating this commitment and the systems and processes behind it.

The Skanska Color Palette™ focuses on increased material efficiency: reuse and recycling of materials and products. It challenges us to produce zero self-generated construction waste in our projects.


Striving to reduce construction waste benefits the environment while enhancing operational efficiency and cost performance. The Group's target for self-generated waste diverted from landfill is that a maximum of 5 percent of that waste generated goes to landfill.


In some markets, it is common industry practice to exclude waste from subcontractor operations when compiling waste data. That approach does not meet Skanska's expectations, and efforts have been undertaken in the relevant Business Units. The Group is improving by incorporating more subcontractor waste data.

Materials containing hazardous substance components ending up as waste are handled according to local regulations. This is tracked by measuring the amount of waste generated from projects in the local market. As part of achieving Deep Green projects, Skanska aims to eliminate the use of unsus­tainable materials.

Total amount of self-generated waste diverted from landfill 2008 - 2019

Learn about some of our projects with efficient waste management solutions: