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We'll stop using landfill in five years, says Wates

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WATES will stop using landfill sites for non-hazardous materials within five years in a crackdown on building site waste.

More than a third of the 106 million tonnes of waste produced by the construction industry every year ends up in landfill and the privately owned contractor has pledged to help tackle the problem.

The Environment Agency has estimated that the UK's 10,000 sites will be full within 15 years if current waste pro - duction trends continue.

Wates chief executive Paul Drechsler said: 'The industry has overlooked the serious problem of construction waste for too long, but we are in a position to significantly reduce the amount we send to landfill very quickly. It's something we can do today that will significantly reduce the environmental impact of UK construction.'

A company report, Target Zero, also calls on other construction firms to make a public commitment to reducing landfill and urges Government departments to provide better data on industry waste.