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Strategic forum action plan calls for improved CD&E data

An action plan aimed at halving the level of construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) waste sent to landfill by 2012 has included a call for improved data on waste arisings from Government.

Published by Strategic Forum for Construction’s waste sub-group, the ‘Waste Action Plan’ identified potential challenges to meeting the Strategy for Sustainable Construction’s 2012 target of halving construction, demolition and excavation waste to landfill relative to the 2008 baseline.

The report cited a lack of “good quality data” on CD&E waste arisings going to landfill, a lack of awareness about the benefits of resource efficiency and a lack of communication between supply chain members.

The report said: “At the national level there is no government mechanism that accurately gathers and reports on the amount of CD&E waste going to landfill. CD&E waste measurement methodologies are dependent on inconsistent and variable datasets and especially do not

separate out the various CD&E waste streams such as timber or plastics.”

Among the report’s recommended actions for the supply chain, it called on the Government to “obtain better data on CD&E arisings through development of an appropriate mechanism by end 2012” and encouraged designers and engineers to incorporate designing out waste principles into pre-construction site waste management plans by 2012.

Strategic forum waste sub-group chairman Peter Johnson said: “It’s clear that there is an environmental imperative for us all to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill. With landfill taxes now sky high, cutting the waste we send to landfill can make a real contribution to the bottom line of our industry too.

“This plan shows that with a little forethought, and with the cooperation of organisations across the full supply chain, our target of a 50% cut really is achievable.”

View the report here

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