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Capitalising on waste


Despite increasing land remediation costs, Leeds-based specialist VHE Construction claims it is on a roll. Recent hefty penalties - in the form of hazardous waste and virgin aggregate taxes - force everyone to practice, rather than just preach, recycling and sustainability.

VHE reckons it is ahead of the game, allowing extensive soil testing and value engineering exercises to offer clients real cost savings. 'This year alone, ' claims managing director Phil Underwood, 'we will save our clients over £5 million, plus the elimination of a potential 55,000 lorry movements to landfill sites.'

Now, halfway through the year, the company is hoping to exceed its own ambitious 2006 target of recycling more than 1 million tonnes of site-won material, plus a further million tonnes of imported material - used concrete, rubble and fill - bought 'second-hand' from other demolition or earthworks contractors.