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‘Major progress’ in tackling concrete waste

The concrete industry has slashed the amount of waste sent to landfill by 60% within two years, according to a new report.

Research by the Minerals Products Association’s (MPA) Concrete Centre found landfill waste in 2010 had more than halved compared with 2008, well ahead of a 15% reduction target.

In the precast industry, waste sent to landfill fell from 5.61kg per tonne in 2008 to 2kg per tonne in 2010.

MPA said the concrete industry now uses nearly 47 times more waste, by-products and secondary materials from other industries than waste it sends to landfill.

Andy Spencer, chair of the Sustainable Concrete Forum, said: “The concrete industry should be proud of its progress to date. It is developing its strategy and working practices even further to facilitate continuous improvement.

“This will ensure that the concrete industry is best placed to support the government and client aspiration towards achieving sustainable design and construction of the built environment.”

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