A new guide has been published that should increase the use of recycled content in roads and improve materials resource efficiency in highways maintenance and construction.
The step-by-step guide entitled Recycled Roads has been released by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) predominantly for local authority personnel.
Widely endorsed by representative bodies working in the sector, it outlines a model approach to procurement which allows requirements for re-used and recycled materials to be embedded in all highways contracts.
At each phase, decision points are identified and detailed information is provided on practical steps which can be taken to drive the use of recycled content. Each of the steps is also illustrated with in-depth case studies of how the suggested actions have driven change in real contracts.
WRAP aggregates project manager Phil Wilson said: “For local authorities, recycling and efficient use of materials are increasingly important in meeting sustainability and best value objectives.
“The aim is to provide senior officers, highways budget-holders, procurement officers and highways engineers within local authorities, as well as their consultants and contractors, with practical advice on how to use the procurement process to maximise the use of recycled material in highways contracts.”
Surveys have found that while around half of local authorities allow the use of recycled materials in highway projects, only about 10% set requirements actively encouraging their use.
The guide, endorsed by ten key sector organisations is aimed at driving through change in this regard, ensuring that re-use and recycling of materials are key criteria in all highways work.