Minister Launches a Plan to Help the Construction Industry Recycle More and Waste Less

Wales’s Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, John Griffiths, today launched a plan which sets out how the Government will work with the construction sector to increase their recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfill.

26th November 2012

Wales’s Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, John Griffiths, today launched a plan which sets out how the Government will work with the construction sector to increase their recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfill.

The plan is aimed at the construction and demolition industry and sets out how it can play its part in the delivery of Wales’s ambitious recycling targets.

The construction industry currently accounts for 14 percent of Wales’s ecological footprint for waste and the construction and demolition sector plan provides advice and guidance to the sector to help it operate more sustainably.

As well as setting waste prevention and recycling targets, the plan makes recommendations on how to manage waste to achieve more environmentally friendly and affordable outcomes for the construction industry – including builders, trades people and suppliers.

The Minister launched the construction and demolition sector plan at Llanwern High School in Newport, which won a the Constructing Excellence in Wales award for waste prevention in June this year. Speaking at the event, the Minister said: “As well as being an integral contributor to the Welsh economy, the construction industry is a large consumer of natural resources, producing 12.2 million tonnes of waste each year in the Wales alone.

“Taking action to reduce the environmental impact of the construction sector is critical as our current level of waste is totally unsustainable. We have an obligation to ensure that we use our resources wisely.

“The ultimate aim is to turn high quality recycled waste into a valuable resource that does not cause environmental harm, rather than it ending up in landfill.

“The plan I’ve launched today asks Wales’s construction industry to look at how it can waste less and recycle more. It also offers financial benefits for construction and demolition companies – something that is very important in these tough times.”