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London 2012 meeting waste goals

London 2012 is on track to deliver its waste management plans.

Published in its updated sustainability report, Towards a One Planet 2012, are achievements already carried out on the project. These include surpassing the target of recycling or reusing 90 per cent of demolition waste by 7.7 per cent, using waterways to transport waste and recyclables, cleaning more than 80 per cent of soil for reuse on the Olympic Park and using recycled materials for building the foundations for the Aquatics Centre, Handball Area and Olympic Stadium.

Additionally, surplus gas pipes were used in the construction of the Olympic Stadium ring beam, which supports the fabric roof and lighting and staging facilities and it is currently achieving its target of 90 per cent reuse or recycling for construction waste.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games chairman Sebastian Coe said: Sustainability has underpinned this project from day one. From construction to how we will stage the Games in 2012, were constantly looking at ways to ensure were setting new standards in how major events are staged responsibly, with legacy in mind.

When the Games are staged in 2012 it is estimated that 8,250 tonnes of waste roughly equivalent to what a typical London borough produces each month will be generated, with 40 per cent food or food contaminated waste. A goal of 70 per cent reuse, recycling or composting of Games-time waste has been set, although the lack of anaerobic digestion capacity for organic waste in London was identified as a potential issue.

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