ICE IMMEDIATE past president George Fleming has become one of the Government's recycling trouble shooters.
Fleming takes over this week as director of the Waste & Resources Action Plan (Wrap), a fledgling Government-backed organisation set up to develop markets for recycled materials.
Fleming started his tenure by urging the Government to set a more ambitious target for recycling construction and domestic waste.
Its current target is to see 25% of waste materials, set against 1995 levels, recycled and reused.
Reclamation of construction sector waste is already coming close to the target. 'The construction industry can achieve at least 25% performance without trying, ' he said.
Wrap, launched in November last year, is headed by chief executive Jennie Price, formerly chief executive at the Construction Confederation. Fleming's fellow Wrap directors are Shanks Group chief executive Mike Averill and Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions energy, environment and waste divisional director Phillip Ward.
The group will gather and disseminate research on waste resource management produced by the Construction Industry Research & Information Association, the Institute of Wastes Management, the ICE, the Environmental Services Association and the BRE.
It hopes to improve the specification of recycled materials to make them more attractive to designers and contractors, Fleming added. As the market for reclaimed materials grows - removing non-organics from landfill - Wrap will also play a key role in reviewing the design of landfill sites.
'Sites will move away from indefinite disposal and towards short-term storage, ' he said.