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US construction materials reuse scheme debuts in UK

An American scheme to reuse building materials is being promoted in the UK. Building Material Reuse Centres (BMRC), as used in the US, can be replicated using a tool-kit launched in partnership by sustainable construction experts BioRegional and WasteWISE.

The tool-kit, which will be publicly available, is a generic business plan for establishing a BMRC, which is based on the success of a 300 strong BMRC network in North America. According to the development partners, the centres can be set up based on a financially sustainable retail outlet that sells reusable materials back to the trade and public. BMRCs can also make money by offering services such as clearing site materials, commercial salvage and training for construction work, where there is still a shortage of skilled labour.

The partnership is also establishing a national network to support individual BMRCs with setting up, accessing funding and share experience.

BioRegional spokesman Ronan Leyden said: Our expert team has produced this tool-kit so that social enterprises, local authorities, and building companies can pick it up and run with it. There are also great corporate social responsibility opportunities.

WasteWISE spokesman Lewis Hebert added: This joint project has already had early successes with funded BMRC project development underway in the north east, the east and south west of England, recognising the need to supplement the UK tool-kit with detailed regional market research. 

Tool-kit development took six months and was funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse and supported by reclamation specialists MASCo.

For more information and to download the tool kit visit:

Image: The US Madison restore building reuse centre in action 

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