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Recycling for Building Materials and Construction Waste

J&B can collect, sort and recycle mixed construction waste, mixed inerts, mixed soil and rubble and mixed packaging waste on behalf of our customers. We also can collect and recycle pre-sorted plasterboard, brick and rubble, soil, metals, wood, green waste, plastics such as UPVc, cardboard and office/mess room recyclables such as paper, cans, plastic bottles etc.

According to WRAP the construction industry is responsible for some 120 million tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation waste every year – around one third of all waste in the UK. Over 500 signatories including J&B have now signed up to WRAP’s “Halving Waste to Landfill” commitment. Every Signatory has to sign the following statement of intent “We commit to playing our part in halving the amount of construction, demolition and excavation waste going to landfill by 2012. We will work to adopt and implement standards for good practice in reducing waste, recycling more, and increasing the use of recycled and recovered materials”

By supporting the Commitment and delivering against it each signatory has an opportunity to improve its performance, reduce its carbon footprint and show itself to be a leader in the sustainability arena. WRAP are asking the industry as a whole to publicly support the sector goal of halving the amount of construction, demolition and excavation waste being sent to landfill by 2012. Achieving this industry goal means meeting the challenges being set by the Strategy for Sustainable Construction and the Scottish Government’s policy of achieving Zero Waste. For more information see in terms of construction, demolition and excavation waste handled by J&B our recovery rate for 2010 was 94% which compares to the industry average of 89% according to WRAP. We work with our Construction Sector customers to increase the quantity and quality of materials we recover and provide them with an effective measurement and reporting systems for the recovery of waste they produce on a site specific basis. This also helps them comply with their obligations for Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs).

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