& Resources Action Programme) has given its clear backing to the Olympic
Delivery Authority (ODA) on its commitment to reducing construction waste and
encouraging the greater use of recycled products in its Sustainable Development
This is the most significant move we have seen on materials resource
efficiency in the construction sector and in this aspect of their policy, the
ODA is genuinely leading the way, says Jennie Price, Chief Executive of
The 20% requirement for the use of recycled materials strikes the right
balance between being achievable but stretching for the industry. WRAP is also
confident that performance against these targets will be simple to measure and
that achieving them will bring commercial as well as environmental benefits.
Higher recycled content not only diverts waste from landfill but can
reduce overall environmental impacts, while the local reprocessing of site demolition
materials has obvious carbon benefits relative to importing crushed rock. The
ODA strategy should be seen as a strong indication of what is to come in the
future specification, procurement and management of construction in the UK.
WRAP already provides tools and support to help the construction industry respond
to the growing requirement to demonstrate more efficient use of resources. These
include an interactive Recycled Content Toolkit and comprehensive online advice
on recycled and secondary aggregates.