New campaign launched

Construction sector targeted in crackdown on waste


Campaigns to reduce waste are gathering pace


Construction companies are being targeted in a new crackdown on the volume of material heading to landfill sites.

Zero Waste Scotland and the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) are joining forces to persuade the industry to cut waste.

The construction sector is the largest consumer of natural resources and the largest contributor to waste to landfill in Scotland, accounting for one third of the total. 

Reusing, recycling, waste minimisation and ‘circular economy’ approaches offer construction companies significant opportunities in terms of cost savings, market opportunities and commercial competitive advantage. Zero Waste Scotland has contributed to annual savings of 990,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

CSIC links businesses, universities and the public sector in collaboration to support increased innovation and productivity. Its projects are forecast to deliver £682m of additional revenue, £6.84m cost savings and 1,263 jobs for the industry. 

The new partnership will build on the existing relationship between the two organisations, formed through several key activities, including ongoing work together on the Deconstruction Hub, a collaborative initiative exploring how industry can maximise and retain the value in material assets. 

Stephen Good, chief executive at CSIC said: “Reducing construction waste and encouraging circular economy approaches should be a priority for everyone in the sector, and there’s no doubt that it is increasingly becoming a driver for businesses.

“CSIC has already funded numerous projects in these areas, including reusing waste tyres in acoustic barriers and producing bricks made from construction waste.”

Iain Gulland, chief executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “This partnership is a sign of our ambition to change the way we design and build in Scotland. The construction sector faces major challenges in reducing its waste but there are equally big opportunities for businesses to reduce costs and create new revenue streams in Scotland’s emerging circular economy.”


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