Industry buy-in to the Utilities Industry Agreement to reduce waste is evident as more companies sign up.
Since the agreements creation in April 2008 (MRW April 10), 15 more organisations have joined the initial signatories. New members include a communications provider, three regional water companies, four contractors and seven Highway Authorities and Utilities Committees.
The agreement, brokered by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), will see utility sector companies set targets and write policy to reduce waste from street works and use more recycled materials.
WRAP said the industry will target the 4.8 million tonnes of waste which arise from trenches each year, more than half of which is sent to landfill.
Thames Water waste manager Alan Young said the agreement had already had a positive effect.
We have completed a number of trials and had some issues in getting the materials accepted in some areas, he said.
London HAUC has signed a memorandum of understanding to the agreement and this has helped when getting sign off to use these materials in local authorities. This has helped to provide greater use of recycled aggregates and improved the sustainability of Thames Waters streetworks.
The increased sharing of information between local authorities, clients, contractors and material suppliers will remove barriers to the use of recycled and stabilised materials.
May Gurney sustainability manager Thomas Macagno said: The agreement sets the foundation for the industry to co-operatively tackle site waste. We seek to reduce waste, and maximise material reuse and recycling through vigorous waste management. The agreement supports our efforts by promoting the use of recycled and stabilised materials."
Utilities industry agreement signatories:
Dyr Cymru / Welsh Water
Essex & Suffolk Water
Scotia Gas Networks
Balfour Beatty Utility Services
John Henry Group
Morrison Utility Services
East Midland HAUC
North of ENgland HAUC
North West HAUC