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Construction Waste Standard Launched in Wales

02-10-2008 from LetsRecycle News

Companies handling in Wales can now sign up to a standard recognising that they are disposing of it correctly and in line with their .

Launched by in Wales () and , Minister for , Sustainability and Housing, the ‘Green Compass’ standard is the first of several planned initiatives intended to ensure construction and demolition is being disposed of safely and environmentally.

In 2005, one third of waste sent to licensed sites in Wales was from the , with over half ending up in . The standard – which was developed in cooperation with the industry – is part of several initiatives being developed to potentially divert “significant quantities” of construction waste away from .

Speaking at the launch of the standard on Monday (September 29), Ms Davidson said: “I have awarded £1.5 million of to CEW for three years to help the industry reduce and recycle more of its waste. CEW is now turning ideas into action in the form of the Construction Waste Programme.”

“The has been on board every step of the way to develop this programme and suggest ways of improving the current situation. Green Compass is a result of one of these ideas; I believe it will make a big impact on diverting significant quantities of waste from landfill and also help minimise our ,” she added.

CEW has commissioned the (BSI) to develop the ‘Green Compass’ standard as a Publicly Available Specification (PAS 402), with companies invited to sign up and demonstrate sound waste management for potential customers.

The scheme is currently being developed further through a with ten companies testing the standard in a trial which will run until July 2009. A will also be held to seek a wider selection of views from stakeholders on the intent of the scheme.

Paul Jennings, CEW’s construction waste programme director, said: “We have a huge task to reach out, educate and work with the entire construction waste industry in Wales and in time we will address each aspect of the construction process, but the best starting point is the actual handling of waste itself.” More at Let’sRecycle.

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