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Olympic Delivery Authority sets out waste strategy - COMMENT UPDATE

With 2012 days to go, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) published its Sustainable Development Strategy, pledging to make it the greenest games in modern times.

Calling the strategy unprecedented for a development of this nature, the ODA said it would set new standards for the sustainable design and construction of the venues and infrastructure needed.

On waste, it said it would reduce waste through design, trying to avoid its production in the first place. It also set itself a target of reusing or recycling 90% of its demolition material by weight, and ensuring that at least 20% of materials used in its permanent venues were recycled.

The ODA said buildings to be demolished were being recorded and photographed with the materials logged on a materials register to be used by designers, so they could incorporate the used materials in their designs where possible. The ODA said this would help create links between the old and the new in the park.

ODA chief executive David Higgins said: Sustainability runs through all we are doing through the design and construction of venues, the sourcing and use of energy, the reuse of waste materials and the use of sustainable transport routes such as waterways in the centre of the Olympic Park.
5/2/07: I was pleased to read that 90% of demolition waste was being delivered, but disappointed that they were only projecting 20% on recycling in future. We at Rabbitt regularly achieve 70% for our clients. They have an opportunity to set in place a system that should achieve at least this 70% if not more. We know of one blue chip company that achieves 92%.They should also be thinking in terms of how much a carbon footprint they would save at 92%????
Posted by Mike Morris, Rabbitt Recycling
MRW: Please note that the 20% refers to the proportion of reused or recycled material that will be incorporated into the building of permanent Olympic venues and the Olympic Village.

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