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ICE signs up to reduce landfill waste

The ICE has joined a number of leading organisations in signing up to a Waste Resource Action Plan (WRAP) voluntary commitment to halve the amount of waste going to landfill by 2012.

The target of reducing construction, demolition and excavation waste to landfill was established by the joint industry and government initiative Strategy for Sustainable Construction in October 2008 and the Strategic Forum for Construction adopted it for the UK construction industry.

WRAP’s Half Waste to Landfill voluntary agreement provides a framework for the construction industry to publicly support the target and do their bit in meeting it.

Signing up to the voluntary agreement means the ICE will be committing to:

  • Advocating setting targets for reducing waste to landfill
  • Supporting and encouraging sustainable procurement and supply chain engagement
  • Embedding good practice within guidance to our members
  • Encouraging a consistent approach to measuring performance
  • Promoting annual reporting on overall corporate performance among our members

ICE president Jean Venebles signed the commitment ahead of a special one year on event held by WRAP on 15 October, to highlight the milestones and achievements since the agreement was launched.

She said: “The ICE fully supports WRAP in driving down waste within construction. The ICE has for some time, been pushing for a move towards a resource management economy and moving away from burying valuable material in landfill forms a key part of that. We believe there is opportunity to recover more value from what is now landfill waste, creating jobs and reducing the burden on the environment.”

“We look forward to working with WRAP and doing our bit”, she added.

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