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WRAP tackles construction waste

An October date has been set for the launch of the construction industrys own Courtauld Commitment.

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) led voluntary agreement will reveal the strength of support for reducing waste in the sector on October 16.
Work on the agreement has been underway for some time and was originally disclosed in April just after the announcement of the Utilities Industry Agreement to reduce waste.

WRAP head of construction Mike Watson told MRW that the Construction Waste Commitment had built on the experience of the Courtauld Agreement and the more recent Utilities Agreement.
A good lesson we learned from previous agreements is that once momentum starts to build, more people sign up and want to be involved. After all, who wants to be left out! This is what happened with the Courtauld Commitment, he said.

Watson confirmed Bovis Lend Lease as an early Construction Agreement signatory and added that the British Property Federation, the UK Green Building Council and the British Council for Offices were also keen advocates.

Explaining what is expected from signatories Watson said: The Strategic Forums UK-wide Construction Commitments and the Strategy for Sustainable Construction both call for action on the target of halving waste to landfill. WRAPs voluntary agreement supports this aim by providing tools and practical help for industry to physically respond and take action.

Image: WRAP head of construction Mike Watson

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