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Construction body calls for collective action to meet landfill reduction targets

The head of a leading construction body has called for collective action across the construction industry in order to meet a 50% reduction in construction waste to landfill by 2012.

Speaking at the Strategic Forum for Construction event, Construction Products Association chief executive Michael Ankers said: “It’s not intended that every company in every part of the industry should adhere religiously to the individual targets. It’s a collective, some parts can do more than others, but that’s not a get-out.”

“That means [that] we as an industry and we on the products side are making sure our companies play their part in reducing the amount of product they send to site. Each sector has to contribute its part but not religiously sign up exactly to this across everywhere.”

The Strategic Forum for Construction’s 50% construction waste reduction target is derived from a 2008 baseline of 12.55 million tonnes of construction waste sent to landfill, meaning that 6.28 million tonnes must be diverted from landfill if the targets are to be met.

Instead of the ‘religious’ adherence to individual targets, a number of construction bodies at different levels in the industry have already unveiled their own initiatives for reducing the level of construction waste sent to landfill.

Constructions consultants BRE announced plans to publish a revised ‘Construction Resource Efficiency Roadmap’ in July, which will review industry and policy activity and their impacts on construction waste reduction.

The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) has also pledged to reduce 85% of waste from landfill by 2012, as part of the recent formation of its waste sub-group.

UKCG waste sub-group chair Charlie Law said: “We may not have control over waste production, but we do have control over where that waste goes, so the diversion targets take account of things we can do there.”

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