A model example of how to maximise recycling in local authority highway works has been published by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).
It describes the work done by Hampshire County Council as part of a broader natural resource management approach developed by Hampshire and the City Councils of Portsmouth and Southampton and the Project Integra waste partnership. This links waste and materials use, aiming to bring about a step change in the way material resources are used — to maximise efficiency and minimise waste.
The report on maximising the use of recycled and secondary aggregates describes how the council managed practically to be more sustainable and includes details of six demonstration projects.
It also highlights aspects including the setting up of a partnership for highway maintenance between the Council, Raynesway Construction Southern and Foster Yeoman.
Hampshire county council executive member for environment Tim Knight said: “Waste management is something that Hampshire has a renowned reputation for taking seriously, and innovative practices like these are an example to all of what can be done.”