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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.

Waste can account for a massive 2-3% of construction the cost, impacting significantly on profit margins. Therefore making it hugely important that you keep waste to a minimum. Take a look at the following facts to find out a little more about construction waste in the UK.

DEFRA reports 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. However, the recovery rate for non-hazardous construction and demolition rate in 2014 was 89.9%, placing us ahead of the EU target of 70% by 2020. So, while the construction industry is still amongst the largest contributors for waste, we’ve come a long way with our recycle and reuse habits. We’ve also made a small improvement in the area of hazardous waste. 

Construction Waste Statistics

  • The UK construction industry is responsible for 32% of landfill waste. A further 29% of waste to landfill is generated by mining and quarrying.
  • Since April 2008, it has been a legal requirement that a construction project in England worth more than £300,000 must have a Site Waste Management Plan.
  • Around 420 million tonnes of materials are used by the UK construction industry each year, and approximately 120 tonnes becomes waste.
  • The production and transportation of construction materials are estimated to use 6% of UK energy
  • Between 1999 and 2008 the proportion of construction and demolition waste recycled by crushers and screeners has increased from 35 per cent to 61 per cent.
  • Around 10% of UK emissions are associated with the manufacture and transport of construction materials, and the construction process.