Construction material recycling and reuse website Earth Exchange has diverted 81,000 tonnes of construction waste from landfill over the past year.
The website, which allows construction sites to swap unwanted materials with one another, has calculated that 156,000 tonnes of virgin materials have been exchanged. As a result of reduced road haulage, this has saved 433.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions, with the approximate cost saving totalling £4,215,000.
Earth Exchange operations director Alex Albon said: These headline figures are extremely encouraging and we are pleased that Earth Exchange is making a tangible difference to the construction materials reuse issue and is streamlining the sustainable procurement process.
The construction industry is having a hard time at the moment, but the figures show that users of Earth Exchange have a definite competitive advantage over those construction and demolition companies which are not using our system.
However, Mr Albon believes that the figures could actually be well above these numbers because users of the website are not required to report-back their activities.
The website utilises a map system where users can report current or future construction projects, specifying what materials they have surplus or are needed onsite. Users can then match themselves up to the construction site that has the appropriate needs.