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Diversification will help C&D waste sector survive “lean 2011”

Growing sector legislation and company diversification will help the construction and demolition (C&D) waste sector to survive a lean 2011, the director of the Construction Recycling Alliance (CRA) has argued.

Despite a recent Construction Products Association forecast that the sector will not grow in output until 2013, CRA director David Barnes has told MRW that contractions in construction activity are being offset by increasing regulation of C&D waste disposal and annual increases in the landfill tax escalator.

Barnes said: “This situation continues to encourage waste producers to use the services and facilities of C&D recyclers, thus ensuring continued demand for the processing of unwanted materials with an emphasis on recycling rather than disposal.”

He added that many C&D recycling companies are now branching out into related industries including utilities, civil engineering and commercial and residential waste collection operations.

He said: “Such diversification ensures that C&D waste processors are well placed to survive a lean 2011 and remain poised for a strong, resurging construction sector come 2012.”

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