A report published this week addresses the sustainable use of all resources for the production of aggregates. This is of great importance, as some 280 million tonnes of construction aggregates are consumed each year in the UK and optimising resource use and minimising waste is an essential element of sustainable construction.
A new aggregate recycling facility, part-funded by WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme), is set to produce almost 1.5 million tonnes of recycled aggregates and recycled concrete aggregates over the next five years.
A new module has today been added to WRAP's (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) AggRegain website (www.aggregain.org.uk), further enhancing the range of information and support provided by the popular sustainable aggregates information service.
Aggregates recycling capacity in the UK has increased by more than three million tonnes per year, thanks to funding from WRAP
A study of disused airfields as a major potential source of recycled aggregates has concluded that the idea will never get off the ground nationally, but it might fly if applied at local level.
Research commissioned by WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) has identified two key issues which, if addressed, could help increase the use of recycled and secondary aggregates (RSA) amongst small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the construction sector.
WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) has published Recycled Roads, a step-by-step guide to increasing the use of recycled content and improving materials resource efficiency in highways maintenance and construction. The guide has been widely endorsed by representative bodies working in the sector.
eQuip, the Residual Value Guarantee (RVG) scheme offered by WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme), has completed its largest deal to date by guaranteeing a £1.1 million C&D waste sorting line for Midlands-based recycling company Wastecom.
Sustainable development is now firmly on the agenda and as the biggest consumer of material resources, some 420 million tonnes per year, the construction sector is uniquely position to play a leading role. One way in which the industry can respond very positively to this agenda is through materials resource efficiency.
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