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Ministry achieves high recycling rate

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The redevelopment of Ministry of Defence accommodation on its Salisbury Plain and Aldershot estate has achieved a 92% recycling rate.

rubble skips

rubble skips

The Army Basing Programme (ABP) for 130 new buildings, extensions, alterations, refurbishments and demolition has cut waste during construction by recycling and reusing materials on site.

At Larkhill, for example, arisings are crushed and used as the sub-base for new roads and car parks, while other materials are processed by contractor MJ Church.

The construction programme is being delivered by Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) under the 35-year Project Allenby/Connaught (PAC) contract.

David Keeble, environmental manager for ADCW, said: “Sustainability is at the heart of the PAC contract and a key concern for the MoD.

“Landfill is the last resort and we segregate waste at garrisons using dedicated skips and containers. We have targets to recycle or recover more than 90% of all construction waste, so we’re delighted to have exceeded that figure already this year.”

Mark Duddy, ABP programme director, said: “Our responsibility to the environment within and surrounding the defence estate is a priority. In addition to minimising the impact of construction works, a sustainable approach to waste disposal and reuse at all levels of the build and throughout the supply chain is cost-effective.

”Waste is being reused within the ABP build programme itself, as well as supporting green economies in the UK and beyond. I am delighted that while delivering improvements to soldiers’ living and working environments, Aspire Defence is demonstrating a positive impact for the wider environment too.”

ABP is a joint Army and DIO programme to provide the facilities the army needs to live, work and train in the UK as it returns from Germany and restructures in the future.

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