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Dumfries and Galloway Council signs up to cut out waste from construction

Dumfries and Galloway Council is joining a UK-wide scheme to reduce the amount of construction, demolition and excavation waste being sent to landfill.

26 Sep 11

It becomes the fourth local authority in Scotland to sign up to the Halving Waste to Landfill Commitment, which is being driven forward and promoted to the Scottish construction sector by Zero Waste Scotland.

This is seen a natural step for Dumfries and Galloway Council, who in 2010 became the most improved Local Authority in Scotland for dealing with Municipal Waste.

Zero Waste Scotland is already helping a range of organisations in the public and private sector to make more efficient use of materials and reduce waste on construction projects.

Roger Grant, Chair of the Planning, Housing and Environment Services Committee at Dumfries and Galloway Council, who signed the agreement on behalf of the council, said: “Dumfries and Galloway Council is committed to Zero Waste and is working hard to be greener and more sustainable in everything we do.

“This commitment means that we are now taking action across all waste streams to minimise the amount of waste created and by re-using or recycling where possible.

“We hope that by signing this agreement we are setting an example to others to show that being greener is not only good for the environment but good for business and saves money.”

Charlie Devine, Head of Resource Management, Zero Waste Scotland, said:  “Dumfries and Galloway Council is the fourth local authority to sign up to Halving Waste to Landfill,joining Fife, Perth and Kinross, and Glasgow, in making a clear commitment to reduce waste and save money in the process. 

“In Fife, almost £150,000 was saved last year alone thanks to better management of construction waste.

“A momentum is now building within councils across Scotland, and we hope other local authorities will soon follow suit and make a commitment to becoming more conscientious when it comes to construction waste.  Achieving our vision for zero waste will require everyone to play their part.”

This initiative is viewed as environmentally and financially critical due to the increasing costs of waste disposal from construction, which is the largest source of waste in the UK.  In addition, construction produces  a range of materials that local authorities want to recycle in order to prevent valuable resources going to waste.

The commitment requires signatories to state that, “We commit to play 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.”

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