A free trade-specific sheet from Envirowise is designed to help carpenters identify day-to-day waste, along with practical guidance for making improvements.

“We are keen to make it clear that enterprises of any size can save money and help the environment by taking straightforward steps – and this includes sole traders that are employed in the construction sector.”

Envirowise’s environmental advice includes using Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber.

It says up to 7.5 million tonnes of wood waste currently goes to landfill in the UK.

The fact sheet can be downloaded at www.envirowise.gov.uk/construction