One barrier to improving recycling rates is the sheer range of materials that construction and demolition activities generate, however, the Construction Waste Recycling Infrastructure Capital Support Programme has been set up to counter such problems.
Through the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the desire is to stimulate a step change in the collection, segregation, recovery and recycling rates of materials and, in particular, non-aggregate materials arising from construction and demolition sites.
WRAP programme manager for construction waste, minimisation and management Mervyn Jones said: Around 30 million tonnes of construction waste goes to landfill each year and contractors are being encouraged to reduce waste and be more resource efficient.
This capital competition will help waste management contractors to provide the infrastructure and facilities to allow substantially more recycling of C&D waste that results in less disposed to landfill.
The task is quite complex with mixed C&D waste typically including timber, plastics, glass, plasterboard, packaging waste and inert materials such as soil, masonry, brick and block, paving, tiles and ceramics.
WRAP capital grants manager Michelle ORiley said: WRAP wants to support the development of innovative solutions for efficient collection, segregation and processing infrastructure for both site-segregated and mixed C&D waste from UK construction sites.
This funding competition aims to stimulate investment in facilities that will greatly improve the recovery and recycling of C&D waste materials.
While the aggregates fraction of material arising from C&D sites is increasingly being collected and recycled, the majority of non-aggregate fractions are currently being disposed of to landfill.
This competition will therefore focus on applications that propose better collection, segregation and processing facilities for the non-aggregates materials from the C&D waste stream.
For more details, visit www.wrap.org.uk.