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key principles of reducing waste through design Reducing waste to landfill on an industry level is only
(www.wrap.org.uk/designingoutwaste). possible if clients and contractors are supported by their
Supporting this guidance document, WRAP has developed
waste management contractors, particularly in measuring
a design tool for buildings and civils projects, and a series
and reporting data. The number of waste management
of design detailing sheets. To contextualise the level of
companies that have signed the agreement is growing
resource efficiency possible at the design stage, a series
steadily, and the business benefits for these organisations
of exemplar case studies are also online, which demonstrate
are clear, not least in terms of demonstrating value to
the financial and environmental savings possible. A series
existing and potential clients.
of WRAP design workshops will also be held in 2010. WRAP has developed a Site Specific Waste Analysis Tool
These have been developed especially to give designers (SSWAT) to help waste management contractors better
first hand advice and guidance for practical implementation. recycle and recover waste. Developed following in-depth
It is fundamental that cross-industry communication
industry consultation, this new tool allows waste
takes place at every stage of the construction process, if
management contractors to easily prepare detailed analysis
we are to meet the waste reduction targets set. Waste is
of their waste inputs and the route of recovery or disposal.
not the responsibility of any one sector more than another,
The SSWAT tool is an essential application which
and we must actively engage with areas not immediately
demonstrates to clients effective waste management
thought responsible for waste production. Indeed, feedback
controls.
from industry at the Construction Commitments: Halving The coming year looks set to be another challenging one
Waste to Landfill One Year On anniversary echoed the desire for the construction industry. The Construction Products
for a united industry. Clients are particularly keen for all Association anticipates little sign of recovery for the
supply chain partners to work together to construction industry until 2011, and pressure for more
deliver efficiency savings associated with waste. sustainable construction and business efficiency remains
a priority. Reducing, re-using and recovering construction
A year on: next steps for the Commitment
waste is one simple means by which industry can make
WRAP continues to help organisations which have signed
significant savings, both financially and environmentally.
up to Halve Waste to Landfill to maximise the benefits of
For more information on how to become a signatory, please visit
their commitment. It is vital that action is taken and
the WRAP website www.wrap.org.uk/construction or call the
imperative that, those committed measure and report on
WRAP helpline on 0808 100 2040 to request a brochure.
their progress. Along with designers, our focus will also
address waste management contractors in 2010, in
accordance with industry requests.
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