The Welsh Government has launched a plan to sustainably and economically manage construction and demolition waste.
The Construction and Demolition Sector Plan will help the Welsh Government meet its 2025, 70% recycling rate and its 2050 zero waste target.
Constructing Excellence in Wales helped develop the plan and a 13-week consultation into the proposal has now been opened. C&D waste accounts for 14% of Welsh waste.
The plan focuses on four key areas: waste prevention, preparing for reuse by preserving waste materials, recycling, and sustainable treatment and disposal.
Government research suggested that while reuse and recycling are prevalent in this sector, landfill is still the primary disposal option for a number of materials.
Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths, who launched the scheme, said the plan would have a “significant” impact on Wales’ “overall performance” on waste.
He said: “This plan encourages waste reduction, and the preservation of old building materials such as bricks, window and door frames so they can be reused.
“It also encourages the development of an infrastructure for reuse between construction and demolition contractors and the third sector, measures that can only be good news in these difficult economic times.”
Griffiths said the construction sector was “vital” to Wales’ economy, contributing 30% to Wales GDP. He added: “As a sector it has the potential to be a powerful agent for change in making Wales a much more sustainable country. I hope that this plan will encourage positive and sustainable change.”