Fife is the first council to commit to halving construction waste sent to landfill by 2012 under a cross sector agreement organised by the Waste & Resources Action Programme. The council is the third largest local authority in Scotland and has set itself strict waste reduction targets.
It has also set a target of achieving and exceeding zero waste to landfill by 2012.
Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead described the council as strengthening its commitment to zero waste and leading the way for other councils.
As a major player behind large construction projects in Fife, the councils involvement has great potential for making a difference, both through its own activities and influencing those of its contractors. Everyone must play their part in reducing waste, and only by all working together in this way will we be able to achieve a zero waste Scotland, Lochhead said.
Council Environment, Enterprise and Transportation Committee chairman Tony Martin said: We are already making progress in the way we work, for example buying more (recycled and) recyclable materials for construction work, and segregating waste for recycling, and this means we are confident of meeting and indeed exceeding the commitment to halving the waste we send to landfill by 2012.
Since the commitment launched, in October 2008, more than 60 organisations have signed up to WRAPs voluntary agreement.