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Four construction sites in Wales pilot waste reduction project

Four building sites in Wales are taking part in a pilot scheme to identify ways that construction and demolition projects can generate less waste, reuse materials and use more recycled content.

The Bottom Line

The ‘Enabling Zero Waste’ project, which is run by the Welsh government-sponsored Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW), offers practical support to site managers looking to achieve zero waste. 

An external waste consultant provides on-site advice to help overcome obstacles, change perceptions about waste management possibilities and influence culture and behaviour.

Paul Jennings, director of the construction waste programme at CEW, said latest figures showing that 87% of construction and demolition waste in Wales not going to landfill was encouraging.

“There is still much work to be done to reach the initial target for 90% or more of the waste generated across every material waste stream in the construction and demolition sectors in Wales to be reused or recycled by 2019-20.”

The four sites are:

  • Care Home, Newport (Castleoak Care Partnerships)
  • Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea (John Weaver Contractors)
  • Ice Arena Wales, Cardiff Bay (Kier Construction) - pictured above
  • Millbank Primary School, Ely, Cardiff (WRW Construction)

Alun Davies CEW launch

The project was officially launched by natural resource minister Alun Davies, left, who said: “The construction and demolition sectors in Wales are achieving high recycling and reuse rates already and I congratulate them on their success.

“However the sector still has more to do to reach our 2025 goal of zero waste to landfill. Landfill is costly and rethinking waste can bring benefits to businesses.”

  • There will be more on the scheme and a look at the individual pilots in the next issue of MRW.

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