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New plan to cut construction waste

A new project to cut the 25M.t of construction-related waste sent to landfill sites every year has been announced by the London Waste and Recycling Board.

BioRegional and Croydon Appliance Reuse Centre have submitted plans for the UK’s first building materials reuse centre, which will be designed and built with the help of a £500,000 grant. It could make London the global pioneer for innovative recycling centres.

The new facility should stop valuable reusable resources from rotting in landfills every year by collecting unwanted materials from DIY stores and housing developments. It should be able to divert 3,500t of reusable materials from landfill every year, while bringing new jobs to the area - including a training programme for 40 new workers. Construction materials are among the highest percentages of unreported waste in the UK.

London Waste and Recycling Board chairman James Cleverly said 9.7M.t of demolition rubbish was produced in London last year. He said the new facility will be an innovative way to deal with a growing problem and will cut emissions while creating jobs.

BioRegional reclaimed materials manager Jonathan Essex said he wanted the charity to work with the project and build a template for three more similar facilities across the capital.

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