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Rise in Wales' recycled aggregate use, finds survey

There has been an increase in material used in Wales as recycled aggregates to almost 4.5 million tonnes in 2005, suggested a Welsh Government survey. The survey looked at arisings and the use of recycled aggregates during 2005. It also indicated that there has been a near doubling of arisings of construction and demolition waste between 2001 and 2005 to almost 10 million tonnes. Minister for sustainability and rural development Jane Davidson said: The findings suggest a change in the supply pattern of aggregates in Wales, with an increase in the proportion of recycled materials being used.This increase is a positive step for Wales, where the use of recycled waste as aggregates has traditionally been lower than in other parts of the UK. It also suggests that policies to promote recycling are working together with the Landfill Tax and the Aggregates Levy in minimising waste and encouraging the prudent use of natural resources amongst the Welsh construction industry. Conducted to discover the total amounts of construction, demolition and quarry waste, the research examined four areas of industry involved in using and disposing of waste. The results of this survey will be used to monitor and develop approaches to meet the objectives of minerals planning policy, which encourages waste to be reused and recycled. Research contractor, Faber Maunsell, held two events to present the findings of the survey on June 16 and 17. Key stakeholders were invited to attend including local authorities, Government departments, trade organisations from the minerals and waste industries, environmental organisations, respondents to the survey and members of the steering group for the project.

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