CONTRACTORS and builders must follow the demolition sector's lead if the construction industry is to reduce the amount of waste that it produces.
Demolition boss John Wring called on construction companies to change their mindset regarding the use and treatment of waste products.
Mr Wring, managing director of Bristol-based demolition company Wring Group and vice president of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, claimed that demolition contractors saw waste and materials recycling as an opportunity rather than as an obstacle.
He said: 'Demolition contractors embrace waste and recycling as an opportunity to extract every last drop of value from each and every contract.'
This, he claimed, highlighted a 'fundamental difference between the construction industry and the demolition sector'.
Mr Wring challenged the construction industry to meet Government recycling targets.
He said: 'The construction industry must make a paradigm shift and stop viewing waste as an occupational hazard.'