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Move to cut landfill tax payments begins


A GOVERNMENT-funded waste management programme that could help small contractors save cash on waste disposal has been launched.

Managed by researcher BRE and funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Construction Resource Efficiency programme (Core) aims to help construction companies manage waste streams and reduce the volume sent to landfill, saving thousands of pounds in landfill tax payments.

The programme, launched yesterday (Wednesday), is to be piloted across the east of England, London and south-east England development agency regions before being rolled out across other regions next year.

The programme will look to garner support from at least 300 construction sites looking to collect data and information on improving waste management and aims to help maximise the benefit to companies but minimise individual cost.

Contractors should not underestimate the potential to slash landfill tax payments, according to Gilli Hobbs, director of Resource Efficiency.

She said: 'Construction and demolition waste makes up a third of all controlled waste in the UK, about 150 million tonnes per year, including waste from quarrying and product manufacture.

'Up to 5 per cent of construction industry turnover is consumed by waste, with around £200 million spent annually on landfill tax.'