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Landfill the Last Resort for Construction Waste

50% Reduction in Construction & Demolition Waste by 2012

An updated version of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) Demolition Protocol has been launched this week, making it clear that construction waste should be sent to landfill only if all other options have been explored.


The Protocol will aid industry in attaining the Government's 2012 target for a 50% reduction in construction and demolition waste going to landfill and the EU Waste Framework Directive target for 2020, which calls for a 70% increase in the re-use, recycling and other material recovery of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste.


Nigel Mattravers, Chairman of the ICE Waste and Resources Management Board, said: “Issues of cost and environmental sustainability can make managing buildings and structures at the end of their lives a complex job.”


The best decisions are made pro-actively, he continued, and the updated Protocol will enable policy-makers, clients, and agencies to better assess how they might re-use buildings, structures, elements, and products prior to demolition and recycling.


The Protocol has been widely adopted, since its launch in 2003, by a range of public and private sector projects, and is supported by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) through its inclusion in the Programme's step-by-step guide for the efficient use of materials in regeneration projects.


It is now a common requirement within planning policy, tenders, contracts and voluntary agreements, and can also contribute to the provision of Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs).