Targets to divert 100 per cent of construction waste from landfill have been described as realistic by Birmingham-based Premier Waste UK. The waste management company is the first in its sector to sign up to an agreement to Halve Waste to Landfill, organised by the Waste & Resources Action Programme.
This voluntary framework aims to help the construction industry work towards halving the amount of construction, demolition and excavation waste sent to landfill by 2012. WRAP views the target, which was adopted in the Strategy for Sustainable Construction launched last year, as environmentally and financially critical. This is due to restricted landfill capacity and increasing waste disposal costs.
Premier Waste UK operations director Wayne Clark explained: Weve been banging the waste recovery drum for the last seven or eight years, so we were really pleased when we saw that WRAP was launching a framework to help the industry work together more closely and push the boundaries of what can be achieved.
The company already diverts almost 98 per cent of its clients waste from landfill.
More than 40 organisations have signed up to the agreement including clients, developers and contractors such as Land Securities, Defence Estates, retailer ASDA, Bovis Lend Lease and Laing ORourke.