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WRAP guide supports reliable recycled content procurement

Identifying quality recycled content building products has just become easier. A guide to the recycled content of building products has been launched by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The online Rules of Thumb Guide to Recycled Content in Construction Products will provide information about quality and quantity and will support manufacturers product claims about products. WRAP also said that the guide will help individual manufacturers stand out in the market.

Builders merchant Jewson environmental and quality director Steve Millward said: "We have found that higher recycled content products are being requested by our customers, and this document lays down useful guidance for manufacturers and suppliers to determine what is, and what is not, classed as recycled content."

The planned introduction of Site Waste Management Plans in April, in England, and annual Landfill Tax increases are expected to boost recycled materials in building products. Reliable information about the composition of these products will help project teams make more informed choices when substituting materials.

WRAPs guide was developed with BRE, product manufacturers and their trade associations. It also takes into account the 2007 European Commission guidance on the classification of wastes, co-products and by-products and sets out the rules by which materials can be classed as recycled.

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