Building waste recycling hub

Published:  21 May, 2010

LONDON: The London Waste and Recycling Board yesterday awarded £500 000 to a groundbreaking recycling project.

It will be the UK's first building waste recycling hub. The centre will collect unwanted building material from housing developments and DIY stores and sort the discarded material for resale to the public and members of the building trade.

It will save an estimated 1700 tonnes of waste over the first five years of the project, by diverting waste from landfill and limiting the need for new materials.

The funding will back a proposal from charity BioRegional and the existing Croydon Appliance Reuse Centre to develop the UK's first centre for the reuse of building materials.

Construction material is one of the most under-reported waste streams in the UK and according to London Waste and Recycling Board chair James Cleverly, 9.7 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste were produced last year in London alone. "Around half of this was recycled but there is still much more we need to do to tackle the rest which largely ends up dumped in landfill sites, " he added.

He praised the reuse centre as an innovative response to the problem of construction waste that would also help cut emissions and bring jobs to the capital.

Jonathan Essex, reclaimed materials manager at BioRegional, said that overall 25 million tonnes of construction, demolition, and excavation waste are sent to landfill each year. He added that the charity hoped to use the centre as a template for a network of three centres across London.

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