WRAP Gives Backing to the ODA for Reducing Construction Waste

Published on January 30, 2007 at 6:29 AM

WRAP (Waste & 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 Strategy.

“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 WRAP.

“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.

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