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Steel construction company takes initiative in reducing waste

Structural steel engineer and steel fabricator Cairnhill Structures is launching a waste reduction initiative to boost its sustainability strategy. Data from the Environment Agency said that waste has become a major concern over recent years with construction and demolition waste representing 19% of total UK waste. These concerns spurred the company to reduce its own waste output and strategy aims include reducing the amount of solid waste created, working with clients to reduce volatile organic compounds, increasing recycling rates to close to 100% of steel products and increasing detailed planning of steel cutting to reduce wasteful off-cuts. In June Cairnhill was awarded silver status by the British Construction Steelwork associations (BCSA) Sustainability Charter Scheme as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability. Cairnhill managing director and deputy president elect of the BCSA Jack Sanderson said: Waste is a major contributor to unsustainable practices. We have worked very hard over the past two years to adopt a sustainable way of thinking and waste reduction is another plank in a comprehensive programme. As part of the Watson-Towers group, the company has created many high profile structures in Scotland, including the pergola at the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh. Image: Public entrance at the Scottish Parliament showing the pergola structure above the entrance on the left. Credit: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

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