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Colour coded skips aim to boost recycling

ICE News

THE ICE plans to roll out a colour coded skip scheme to encourage contractors to recycle more construction and demolition waste.

It plans to trial the scheme early next year to reduce the amount of construction waste going to landfill to help meet the requirements of the European Union's Landfill Directive.

At last month's waste board meeting ICE vice chairman Nigel Mattravers said, 'Simple robust systems are needed to change the culture on site where construction waste is just collected into one big skip'.

According to the Department of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs construction and demolition waste makes up 24% of the 430Mt of waste produced every year in the UK.

The aim of the Landfill Directive is to increase the costs of sending waste to landfill, making recycling a cheaper form of waste disposal.

The ICE plans to set up a colour coded skip system for six of the most prominent construction and demolition types of waste ranging from timber to plastic.

It is talking to the Construction Confederation and contractors Taylor Woodrow, AWG, Balfour Beatty and HBG.

Board member Alan Shepherd argued that main contractors might have trouble convincing sub contractors to sort the waste into the different skips.

Mattravers said that a lack of space on site should not deter contractors from recycling, adding that just two recycling skips on every site would have an impact on landfill targets.

The board is now approaching construction waste disposal contractors to identify the main types of waste and work out logos for each stream.

The ICE aims to pilot the scheme early next year.

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