CEW backs BuilderScrap in waste bid

The Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) Waste Programme is giving its full support to BuilderScrap, the online materials recycling and exchange platform, in the bid tomeet Welsh Assembly Government targets to minimise waste and improve recycling in construction and demolition.

From next month builders and tradesmen can go to the site, www.builderscrap.com and offer their surplus bricks, timber or other materials online and then be matched to potential buyers of the materials, diverting waste from landfill in the process.  

CEW estimate that 14% of all construction waste is made up from new materials that are thrown away on site. CEW claims that the average contents of skip might amount to around £2,000.

The BuilderScrap team is now working with the CEW Waste Programme team to develop a version of the platform specifically for the Welsh construction industry and so pass on and recycle unused materials, cutting back on skip costs and reducing the construction waste being sent to landfill.

Karin Black, Waste Strategy Advisor for the Welsh Assembly Government said: “The rhetoric about waste reduction has gained momentum in recent years, but real alternatives have relied largely on the commitment of individual contractors and educated clients. The agreement with CEW to take up the challenge of supporting a significant diversion of materials from landfill by deploying the BuilderScrap materials reuse platform is a major step in the right direction. This is the first government backed initiative of its type in the UK and is pivotal to CEW’s’ ongoing strategy to reduce the waste generated by the construction industry.”

Brendon Kenny of BuilderScrap commented: “We have seen a change in attitudes to how construction materials can be reused by others involved in building projects since the launch of BuilderScrap, both from within the industry and also from those who benefit from sourcing materials off the site. With the launch of the CEW platform, it serves as a further validation that this initiative can play a pivotal part of an overall waste management strategy.”

The initiative will launch on 13th November 2010 at Federation of Master Builders Annual Conference in Swansea.


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