Bovis Lend Lease, Laing O’Rourke and Stanhope were among the clients, contractors and waste firms to sign up to the Waste and Resources Action Plan’s (WRAP) Construction Commitments: Halving Waste to Landfill scheme, launched in Westminster on Thursday evening.
The voluntary agreement calls on all parties in the supply chain to publicly state their own chosen waste reduction targets, with the aim that overall the industry will achieve the Government’s ambitious 2012 target of halving construction waste to landfill.
Bovis Lend Lease aims to cut the amount of construction waste it sends to landfill by 70% by 2010. Speaking at the launch yesterday Bovis chief operating officer Nick Pollard said: "Construction waste for us is unacceptable because it represents a bad out come for our business. It is symptomatic of poor engineering, over-ordering, poor storage and not least poor design; all impacting on the bottom line for us and our clients. Given the current economic climate, it’s something that commercially we can’t afford to ignore."
As well as Bovis, Laing O’Rourke and Stanhope, other bodies that supported the agreement’s launch included Defence Estates, Berkeley Group, SEGRO and Willmott Dixon.
After the launch, more firms signed up immediately, including French contractor Vinci.
Strategic Forum for Construction chairman Nick Raynsford MP, also speaking at the agreement’s launch, warned that it was not enough for only the big names in construction to be aware of the need to cut construction waste, 25M tonnes of which is sent to landfill every year.
"This industry is vast and reaching white van man is an important task,” said Raynsford. "If we just get the message to the leaders then everything we are aiming for will not be achieved."