WRAP has launched a six week consultation on an updated quality protocol for aggregates from inert waste.
Launched in 2004, the protocol establishes end of waste criteria for recycled aggregates. The draft revised edition and accompanying consultation includes amended definitions of acceptable input materials and proposals for producers to monitor standards compliance through independent laboratory testing.
The decision to update the protocol follows a five year review which found that there was an estimated 1.9 million tonnes reduction in levels of waste sent to landfill using quality protocol compliant aggregates.
Environment Agency head of environment and business partnerships Martin Brocklehurst said: “The aggregate quality protocol demonstrates the real value of improving the quality of recycled products and the benefits that this approach brings to both the environment and to industry.
“The protocol is delivering environmental benefits through the reduction of waste disposed of to landfill and by minimising the amount of virgin materials used, as well as associated reductions in carbon emissions.”
The consultation runs until 3 May 2011 at: http://qp.dialoguebydesign.net/