The rate firms are signing up is a strong indication that companies are still keen to efficiently manage their waste.
Chair of the strategic forum for construction Nick Raynsford added: “The industry’s response to WRAP’s Halving Waste to Landfill commitment is encouraging and demonstrates a clear understanding that the cost savings that sustainable working can deliver are critical in a challenging economic climate.”
Those signed up to the voluntary initiative, which is lead by the Waste & Resources Action Programme, must benchmark, measure and report their progress. This information will then enable WRAP to produce annual performance data for this sector. It is hoped that the initiative will halve the amount of construction, demolition and excavation waste sent to landfill by 2012.
WRAP director of market development Marcus Gover said: “By launching this commitment in October 2008, WRAP created a framework to support the entire construction supply chain in reaping the significant economic and environmental benefits that come from increased waste reduction.
“Signing up is just the beginning – signatories are setting targets and reporting progress year on year. WRAP provides practical support to ensure that all signatories have the tools and support they need to deliver against the waste reduction targets.”
The 100th company to sign up to the programme was Thames Water. Thames Water waste manager Alan Young said: “We believe that halving waste to landfill by 2012 is readily achievable, and reaching this target is essential to avoiding materials wastage and costly landfill disposal. We look forward to working with WRAP further as we establish our own waste reduction targets, and measure and report on the progress we make.”
Other companies committed to the scheme include the construction industry leaders such as Crest Nicolson, Balfour Beatty and BAM Construct, as well as construction clients like Sainsbury’s.