Welsh Waste on Target

Wales is on target to achieve the Welsh Assembly Government objectives for construction and demolition waste, thanks to the Green Compass scheme that was launched on Monday (13 July).

14th July 2009

Wales is on target to achieve the Welsh Assembly Government objectives for construction and demolition waste, thanks to the Green Compass scheme that was launched on Monday (13 July).

Waste handlers involved with the Green Compass scheme are already achieving recovery rates of around 83%. That is only 2% shy of the target that by 2010, 85 per cent or more of the waste generated by the construction and demolition sectors in Wales will be re-used or recycled.

This is great news and a vindication for a lot of hard work from the CEW waste team. So, what is it and how does it work? Green Compass is a scheme that will provide the framework within which waste handling organisations can seek compliance with a new PAS 402 (Publicly Available Specification). This specification, developed by CEW in cooperation with BSI, requires waste management organisations to demonstrate sound environmental practices which will then assist builders in selecting their contractors.   Green Compass gives everyone confidence about where their waste is going and what their waste contractor is doing with that waste material.  Consequently, because contractors and builders will know how and where their waste material is being managed more construction and demolition waste is going to be recycled and diverted from landfill.

The results from the Green Compass pilot scheme, launched last September by Jane Davidson AM, Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing, have been great. Ten ‘Pathfinder’ waste contractors signed up to Green Compass. They deal with around half a million tonnes of waste per year and, as part of the project, between 43% and 83% of this have been recovered, diverted away from landfill then recycled and re-used. That’s 200,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill since September 2008. This is the proof required that sound processes and standards have a major impact on waste recovery rates. What’s more, Wales is leading the UK in a scheme that could potentially divert more than 85% of waste from landfill once rolled out across the country. But it is just one initiative and we have more up our sleeve. Keep an eye on the www.cewales.org.uk/waste pages for more news and discussion about the Construction Waste Programme.