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Net Waste Method launched to help reach waste neutrality

Construction professionals working towards waste neutrality have been offered assistance in the guise of the Net Waste Method, launched by the Wastes & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

WRAP head of construction Mike Watson explained: As a result of its appearance in public policy documents such as Defras Waste Strategy, the goal of waste neutrality is gaining increasing recognition in the construction industry.

This has generated a growing need for a clear definition and an industry standard. The Net Waste Method aims to provide this standard, and allow clients and contractors to demonstrate a committed approach to sustainability. It presents a real opportunity to lead by example.

The Net Waste Method can be used as a transparent performance measurement tool to show corporate social responsibility and sustainability credentials and will fit into Site Waste Management Plans. It also aims to encourage contractors to deliver real results in reducing waste and increasing the recycled material they use.

Progress will be measured by considering the value of reused and recycled materials going into the works and the value of waste materials coming out.

A value focus will help contractors prioritise action as well as offering industry an opportunity o reduce costs and increase profits.

Constructing Excellence chief executive Don Ward said: Constructing Excellence supports WRAPs Net Waste Method. Key to delivering performance improvement in construction is effective, practical measurement. We hope that construction clients look carefully at this real opportunity for improving profitability and reducing impact on the environment.

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