Recipro welcomes the move from the Government to bring into force the ideal waste hierarchy into law in England and Wales under new waste regulations.
From the 28 September of this year producers and dealers of waste must ensure that they can select and prove they have selected the most environmentally friendly solution to manage waste in accordance with the waste hierachy.
The construction industry is guilty of not always using the most efficient options available in regards to the waste hierarchy. The construction industry has achieved increasingly commendable rates of recycling, but with 13% of construction materials in the UK being thrown away without ever being used and a further large volume of good quality second hand materials, there is clearly room for improvement.
From the 28th September there will be 5 steps that will need to be considered when deciding how to dispose of materials, they are;
AVOIDANCE – Produce less waste in the first place.
REUSE – Check, clean and repair products so they’re able to be reused.
RECYCLE – Converting waste into reusable materials.
RECOVERY – Recovering embodied energy from materials by gasification, incineration or anaerobic digestion.
DISPOSAL – Burying materials in landfill sites.
Recipro is working to help the construction industry avoid producing waste where possible and helping it to reuse more of their materials to further reduce their environmental impact. The industry has really improved its performance in the past decade by utilising all the recycling facilities available we now hope to help them to continue moving up the ideal waste hierarchy.
For more information how Recipro can work with your organisation to better manage your waste please look at our new brochure detailing our free web based platform as well as our associated services.