A web tool designed to pair unused construction materials with buyers is due to be launched in Wales as part of plans to reduce construction waste arisings in the region.
Based on the free BuilderScrap materials exchange platform, which allows members of the supply chain to swap unused construction materials such as bricks and timber, the new tool, known as BuilderScrap Wales, is being designed in partnership with Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) specifically for the Welsh builders’ market.
Commercial development manager Brendon Kenny told MRW: “The new platform will be able to measure what reusable material is diverted from landfill, carbon emissions, it’s really innovative stuff in terms of waste management.”
The tool is designed to exploit the estimated 14% of virgin construction material which is thrown away each year, helping to reduce the level of waste sent to landfill and help to meet Welsh Assembly targets of 90% construction waste recycling rate by 2025.
Welsh Assembly waste strategy adviser Karin Black said: “The rhetoric about waste reduction has gained momentum in recent years, but real alternatives have relied largely on the commitment of individual contractors and educated clients.
“The agreement with CEW to take up the challenge of supporting a significant diversion of materials from landfill by deploying the BuilderScrap materials reuse platform is a major step in the right direction. This is the first government-backed initiative of its type in the UK and is pivotal to CEW’s ongoing strategy to reduce the waste generated by the construction industry.”
The BuilderScrap Wales tool will be launched on 13 November 2010 at the Federation of Master Builders annual conference.