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Crossrail beats sustainability targets

The Crossrail rail project in London is outperforming its targets for recycling according to its 2012 sustainability report.

The percentage of construction waste recycled was 93%, exceeding the 90% target. Ninety per cent of excavated material was recycled, outperforming the 95% target, while 97% of demolition waste was recycled, far exceeding the 90% target.

“Crossrail is setting new standards ranging from recycling and energy efficiency through to future rail operations. Among our innovative approaches to sustainability has been the arrangements we have established to recycle more than 6M tonnes of excavated material, “ said Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme.

Much of the recycled excavated material will be used to build a nature reserve is Essex’s Wallasea Island.

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