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Olympics waste on target but some concerns remain

The London 2012 Olympics is on target to meet its waste reduction targets although there are concerns over some elements of the process, according to a new report.

The report, No time to waste, published by the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 an independent body established to assure and monitor the sustainability of the 2012 games, looks into the management of waste before, during and after the games.

While it praises the work done by the Olympic Delivery Authority in recycling construction and demolition waste, the report raises specific concerns about the incineration and destination of waste wood. It also worries about what will happen to waste generated at venues outside of the specific Olympic arenas.

It states: The Commissions main area of concern is around non-London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) controlled venues and areas surrounding venues in London and across the UK to ensure the same high standards are achieved.

This is an area that the City Operations teams, both in London and around the country must address in the very near future.

The report does recognise that the ODA is exceeding its 90% reuse or recycling target for demolition waste and calls this world class as it has become a construction industry benchmark.

Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 chair Shaun McCarthy said: The good news is that the ODA and LOCOG are both working towards ambitious targets. If achieved, this ambition and dedication will make the 2012 Games an exemplar of how to run a sustainable event and will set brand new green standards for future Games.

Our concerns are that while all this good work is going on inside the venues, waste in the areas immediately surrounding the venues could be forgotten about.

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