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WRAP launches pilot projects to trial the Net Waste Method

A number of pilot projects will be initiated by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which will test the proposed Net Waste Method, launched by the organisation last month. The method, which aims to provide a clear metric of progress towards waste neutrality and set out how contractors can measure their efficiency in the use of material resources, is being trialled on eight projects across the UK. Some of the projects include the following: the construction of Asda in Bridgend and the new £29 million educational facility, Pendale Vale College, in Lancashire. To assist organisations in the implementation of the Net Waste Method, WRAP ran a training workshop where those responsible for waste management on each project were able to learn more about measuring waste and the use of recycled materials. The method focuses attention on the value of materials being wasted and the potential to reduce that wastage. Bovis Lend Lease construction manager Andrew Wright is currently trialling the method during the construction of Pendle Vale College and said: The Net Waste Method will provide the industry with a unique monitoring metric, which will assist all of us in demonstrating sustainable construction. The workshop provided by WRAP helped to clarify the methodology and tools which will enable us to identify opportunities where sustainable gains can be made. It will take time at first to embed the required processes throughout the project, but because the method can be tailored to fit with our existing reporting systems, it is set to really complement our corporate sustainability policy. WRAP head of construction Mike Watson adds: We hope that the results of the trials will show that the method can be easily adopted in line with other reporting processes and that, ultimately, it will provide a unique benchmark on resource efficiency and waste management going forward.

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