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Smaller construction firms likely to wait for legal requirements

Parts of the construction and demolition industry may be unprepared when new landfill pre-treatment regulations come into effect in October 2007.

With a mixed record on recycling and waste management, the sectors smaller firms may find the need to ensure their waste is sorted before landfill is something they have so far ignored.

Government-funded Construction Resource Efficiency (CORE) programme London representative Jonathan de Sousa told MRW that not that many people are doing that many things in the construction industry to address their waste issues.

He added that many firms, particularly the smaller ones, were likely to wait until it became a legal requirement before they took action.

But a lot of the major companies are doing that [recycling their waste] and more, he said. He cited the example of the current work by Skanska in the redevelopment of the Barts and London Hospital, where only 0.4% of its demolition waste has gone to landfill.

Many other sites continue to use mixed-waste skips to get rid of their waste, he added, meaning that they would be required to ensure their waste management companies sorted the waste through a materials recycling facility before it went to landfill.

With pre-treatment, it has been mooted for at least a couple of years so it shouldnt come as a surprise, de Sousa said. He stressed that the construction industry was certainly moving forward. But added: It is the same as any other industry. There are a number of organisations who are very forward thinking.

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