Manchester City Council is the first English council to sign up to a voluntary agreement to halve construction waste sent to landfill by 2012. The councils commitment to the agreement, organised by the Waste & Resources Action Programme, adds to those made by contractors and clients.
This includes Network Rail, Laing ORourke, Balfour Beatty, Asda and Marks & Spencer.
But Manchester is not the first UK local authority to join as Scottish council signatory, Fife, gained that title when it signed up in March.
Manchester City Council programme design and sustainability manager John Frubin said: We are delighted to be the first English council to sign up to WRAP's voluntary agreement. We are keen to make the council as green and sustainable as possible in all aspects of our work and signing up to WRAPs Construction Commitment: Halving Waste to Landfill is a demonstration of our drive to achieving the target of halving the amount of waste we send to landfill by 2012.
WRAP head of construction Mike Watson added: Organisations signing to the voluntary agreement are demonstrating that they take the issue of waste seriously and recognise that it is critical to reduce the 25 million tonnes of construction waste which is dumped in landfill every year. Signatories to WRAPs agreement will benefit not only from cost savings and greater resource efficiency, but also play their part in combating climate change.
Since its launch in October 2008, more than 80 organisations have signed up.
To view the full list of signatories click here.