Key Statistics: Construction waste

  • More than 400 million tonnes of materials get delivered to site each year. Of these 60 million tonnes go straight to tip due to over ordering, damage resulting for poor storage or because of inappropriate ordering. ‘Time to bin industry’s lavish habits’ by Mike Baker, Thursday 20th March Construction News, Issue 7060 
  • The effects of construction activity on waste production are enormous. The industry produces 109m tonnes of construction waste each year (24% of total waste), of which up to 13% is delivered and unused. It produces three times more waste than all UK households combined. Although around half of this waste is reused or recycled, the amount that is simply disposed of remains alarming. ‘Construction and Sustainable Development’ Plain English, Constructing Excellence, Section 6, Page 1, 01/01/08
  • According to a recent report by the Wates Group (2006), the UK construction industry sends 36 million tones of waste to landfill sites each year. ‘Construction and Sustainable Development’ Plain English, Constructing Excellence, Section 6, Page 1. 01/01/08
  • The government’s new Sustainable Construction Strategy is expected to aim for zero waste to landfill by 2020. ‘Construction and Sustainable Development’ Plain English, Constructing Excellence, Section 6, Page 4. 01/01/08

Added: 09/03/2014

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