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Construction companies on track to halve waste going to landfill

Construction companies are on target to halve waste to landfill by 2012, according to figures released by WRAP.

To date, 602 signatories have signed up to WRAP’s responsibility deal, Halving Waste to Landfill Commitment. The 32 construction contractors that have monitored and reported the annual performance for their construction, demolition and excavation waste (CD&E) through WRAP’s online software show a reduction in waste to landfill of 28% between 2008 and 2009. It demonstrates a drop from 3.1 million tonnes in 2008 to 2.2 million tonnes by the end of 2009.

Data shows that these companies have reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill per million pounds spent on the project by 44%, going from 178 tonnes per £m in 2008 to 100 tonnes per £m in 2009. Companies are successfully managing to produce less waste in the first place too. WRAP says there has been a 23% reduction in waste arising relative to construction spend, with construction firms producing 643 tonnes per £m in 2008 compared with 494 tonnes per £m in 2009.

A third of the UK’s waste consists of CD&E waste, which stands at more than 100 million tonnes.

WRAP chief executive Dr Liz Goodwin said: “In just over two years, the Halving Waste to Landfill Commitment has gone from zero to influencing nearly £38bn-worth of construction projects. This demonstrates that the commitment requirements are being embedded within industry and this is delivering great results for business and the environment.”

Waste and recycling minister Lord Henley added: “Construction businesses, big and small, are now on-board and making this happen, so I’d challenge those not yet involved to also step up and see the real value that halving waste to landfill will bring.”

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