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Project Divert aims to help construction industry reduce waste

Waste management firm Encore Environment has launched a web-based application that allows construction sites to donate recycled materials to local social enterprises and schools.

Encore said that Project Divert provided closed loop opportunities for clients, identifying materials that could be reprocessed, remanufactured or recycled back into the supply chain.

The company has a continually updated database of charities, social enterprises and schools. Managing director Rachel Rowley said that carrying out detailed pre-refurbishment, environmental and waste audits for each construction client meant it could provide accurate forecasts and establish where equipment and materials could be redirected.

“This not only reduces the cost of disposal for our clients, but it generates carbon savings from diverting from landfill, and contributes to local communities, which greatly improves our clients’ CSR while fulfilling their key performance indicators,” Rowley said.

Encore said that 59% of all waste generated in the UK came from construction and there was increasing pressure on the sector to reduce waste and carbon emissions.

Encore was established in 2011 to provide total waste management and strategic support to companies.

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