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News - 28 October 2010

Supporting business to re-use construction waste

From 15 November construction businesses involved with developments valued over £300,000 will have to make sure they have Site Waste Management Plans in place to reduce, reuse and recycle their construction and demolition waste.

In Brighton & Hove the city council is one of the first to start working with local builders to make sure they understand the new government regulations.

Since May, the council, together with the South East Centre for the Built Environment (SECBE), has provided free training on the new Site Waste Management Plans, helping local developers and those in the construction industry to reduce their construction waste and save money. The next session is on 10 November at Hove Town Hall .

In addition to the training courses and the publicity campaign, council officers have made over 30 site visits to construction sites which require site waste management plans to advise and assist contractors with the regulations.

A total of 1.2 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste is produced in a year in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex combined. That represents more than half (62%) of all waste generated. Thats 120,000 skips full, which if laid end to end would stretch from Brighton to the outskirts of Durham.

Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council Mary Mears said: Weve been working with local construction firms and making sure they are aware of the new regulations. The more construction waste they can re-use or recycle, the cheaper it becomes as landfill tax reduces and the more they can save on costs of new materials.

Companies with management plans already in place can make a significant saving on their development costs. Our programme of training has been well received and we will continue to provide support and advice to businesses so that they are well informed.

Thirty five per cent of construction waste currently goes to landfill. By 2021 the aim is to reduce that by two thirds to 12%.

The council is now sending out a further reminder to companies about their duties under the new regulations.

Companies with a project valued at over 300,000 are required to have a plan in place. After 15 November, those without site waste management plans in place or with plans that are not being adhered to, both the developer and their client will be at risk of an on-the-spot fixed penalty of £300 or a prosecution being brought against them in the Magistrates’ Court, for which the maximum penalty is £50,000.

Developers, architects and construction companies that wish to attend the next free training event should contact Julian Carter at

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