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WRAP launches guide and tool for designing out waste

A design guide and online tool aimed at helping civil engineers to ‘design out’ waste from construction projects has been launched by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

The Designing out Waste: a design team guide for civil engineering guide provides civil engineers with detailed solutions to minimising waste at the design stage and improving resource efficiency. The two-part guide covers all aspects of civil engineering projects, including specific solutions for reducing waste production on railways, highways, tunnels, airports, ports and harbours as well as bridges and structures.

An additional waste guide illustrates how civil engineers can integrate WRAP’s five ‘key principles’ – which include reuse and recovery, materials optimisation and waste efficient procurement – into future design projects.

The guide is accompanied by an online tool, which will help to forecast levels of waste arising, waste to landfill, the value of material wasted as well as recycled content generated by the user’s civil engineering projects. The outputs are also compatible with WRAP’s online Site Waste Management Plan template.

The Designing out Waste guide has been endorsed by the Institute of Civil Engineers, whose president welcomed the development of the new guide and online tool.

Professor Paul Jowitt said: “There are huge economic and environmental benefits in increasing resource efficiency and reducing the amount of materials used in civil engineering projects, therefore designing out waste is a must-have skill for the 21st century engineer.

“We are committed to helping our 80,000 members meet this challenge, and joining forces with WRAP on past initiatives has really helped industry to recover and reuse wasted materials. WRAP’s excellent design guide takes this thinking a step further up the waste hierarchy by helping civil engineers to design waste out of their projects from the outset.”

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