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Cost savings highlighted in soil resource consultation

Construction trade opinions are being sought by the Government as it launches its consultation on sustainable soil use on building sites.

Organisations in the sector have been invited to comment on a draft Code of Practice for the sustainable use of soils on construction sites and the accompanying Impact Assessment.

This consultation follows a move earlier this year, April 6, to make site waste management plans a legal requirement. It also comes soon after the European Parliament announced the Council had voted to introduce 70% construction recycling targets across Europe.

Various schemes, such as constructionresale.co.uk and the Earth Exchange, have also recently been set up to help companies capitalise on surplus materials, such as soil, by advertising it more widely.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the code was a practical guide to help the construction industry to protect the soil resources. It said that as well as providing environmental benefits, by following the guidance, firms could also save money. Case studies and a list of dos and dont are included.

The deadline for responses is October 20.

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