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Construction Waste Facts




The UK construction industry has come a long way with its recycling and reuse practices, but with proper planning we can do even more. The key is materials efficiency, for raised flooring the RMF Eco Range is the solution.

Whether it is from the packaging or building materials used in a project, waste in the construction industry is inevitable. It is also expensive, and often underestimated.

Take steps to reduce your landfill costs and contact RMF if you are working on a project that has a pre used raised access floor that is no longer required, we are often able to assist.

The UK’s biggest consumer of natural resources is the construction industry, according to Wrap. A recent study by WRAP details that the sector uses 400 million tonnes of material every year, which results in 100 million tonnes of waste being produced. To put this in context, this level of waste in construction contributes over a third of the UK’s total yearly waste amount and 25 million tonnes of construction waste is destined for landfill.

These figures are compounded by DEFRA who report in their February 2018 edition of UK Statistics on Waste that in 2014 the UK generated 202.8 million tonnes of waste. Construction, demolition and excavation (CDE) was responsible for 59% of that number.

Within the construction industry 13% of waste is new, unused material. (BRE)

Research shows that simple steps to reduce waste can achieve substantial savings in the value of new materials wasted, estimated on average at 3% of total construction costs and 20% of material costs on site. Taking action to reduce waste can therefore have a substantial impact on the overall cost of a project

The European Landfill Directive set targets requiring a progressive decrease in the amount of biodegradable waste landfilled.

The Waste Management Plan for England sets out targets from the EU waste framework directive:

by 2020
a) at least 50% by weight of waste from households is prepared for re-use or recycled.
b) at least 70% by weight of construction and demolition waste is subjected to material recovery.

EU target of recycling 50% of household waste by 2020.

70% target for recovering construction and demolition waste.
England and the UK are already achieving an estimated 93% recovery rate of construction and demolition waste.