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Wales steps up pressure on construction waste

26 Nov 12 Contractors in Wales will be required to take greater steps towards eliminating construction waste under a new strategy published by the Welsh government.

The plan, produced with Constructing Excellence in Wales, sets out how the government will work with the construction sector to increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

The goal is to get as close to zero waste as possible by 2025, by maximising recycling and minimising the amount of residual waste produced and reach zero residual waste by 2050, with all construction and demolition waste being recycled.

The construction industry currently accounts for 14% of Wales’s ecological footprint for waste.

Wales’s environment minister John Griffiths said: “As well as being an integral contributor to the Welsh economy, the construction industry is a large consumer of natural resources, producing 12.2 million tonnes of waste each year in the Wales alone.

“Taking action to reduce the environmental impact of the construction sector is critical as our current level of waste is totally unsustainable. We have an obligation to ensure that we use our resources wisely.

“The ultimate aim is to turn high quality recycled waste into a valuable resource that does not cause environmental harm, rather than it ending up in landfill.

The full strategy document can be seen on the Welsh government’s website.

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