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Construction Waste Stats show progress in reducing waste to landfillConstruction Waste Stats show progress in reducing waste to landfill

The latest construction industry waste figures show that the industry is continuing to make good progress with regard to reducing the amount of construction and demolition waste going to landfill, even allowing for the decline in construction activity due to the recession.

The latest figures show that since the baseline figure was established in 2008, construction and demolition waste to landfill has reduced by 1.87 million tonnes. The industry is therefore on target to meet the halving waste to landfill target for these two particular waste streams.

However, the news was disappointing in regard to excavation waste, primarily soil and stones, which has seen a sharp increase by 2.4 million tonnes in the amounts going to landfill. The cause of this sudden spike is as yet unknown but a number of possible theories are being promulgated and will receive further investigation.

These include changes in exemptions available under the new environmental permitting regulations that now have much lower tonnage thresholds for the reuse of soils and stones on construction sites. In 2010 there were a number of major projects producing large volumes of excavated material, these could have had a significant impact on the data.

Another suggestion is that the decline in domestic waste going to landfill has accelerated the closure of a number of less profitable landfill sites and inert material, such as soils and stones, is required to fill the voids and restore these sites.

The industry working corroboratively with Defra, the Environment Agency and WRAP through the Strategic Forum for Construction’s Waste Subgroup, will be exploring in more depth the reasons for the soil and stones spike. The Group, now a part of the government’s Green Construction Board activities has been monitoring construction, demolition and excavation waste since 2008, as well as advising what actions are needed across the industry to be more efficient in the use of materials and to reduce waste to landfill.

Click here to see details of the statistics can be found in the latest figures

ODA publishes final Annual Report

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2011–2012, a year which saw its venues completed on time and under budget, and with the Olympic Park and Olympic and Paralympic Village handed over in January to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

Publishing the Annual Report, ODA Chairman, Sir John Armitt said “The venues that have been seen in billions of homes across the world this summer were completed on time and firmly within our overall budget. These venues show off the best of British – high quality sports facilities designed by the best, built by the best, to be used by the best.

“They were built with long-term use and sustainability in mind, not just for the Games this summer. We are confident that they will leave an impact that transforms this part of east London.

“This is a terrific success for UK plc. The businesses which have worked with us share in this achievement, from the Delivery Partner CLM, to the smallest company far distant from London but still a valued part of the London 2012 supply chain. It is a triumph for the more than 46,000 workers who built the Olympic Park.

“At every turn since 2005, the UK has proved that it can compete with the best, win, deliver, and do what it promised. We will do so again this summer.”

Sport and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson said “A huge number of people have been working tirelessly behind the scenes getting these stunning venues in such great shape. They, along with the ODA, have done an excellent job and should be congratulated in finishing the project to schedule and under budget.”


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