Building a brighter future for recycling in construction sector
UK building firms could do more to recycle 120 million tonnes of waste they throw away each year, say recycling experts
ACCORDING to waste-management experts, unaware and thoughtless builders should be encouraged to do more to recycle the 120 million tonnes of waste they dispose of each year in the UK.
The construction industry is the UK’s largest user of natural resources and is responsible for more than a third of the nation’s waste. Now a leading expert is urging the construction industry to clean up its act by doing much more to recycle waste and minimize landfill.
The bulk of what they disregard could and should be recycled and reused, says expert Harsha Rathnayake, founder of JunkHunters, a UK waste management service that has been collecting commercial rubbish in London for over a decade and recently opened a second centre in Birmingham.
The company works with many construction sector clients – visiting sites and collecting waste, 75% of which is subsequently recycled. However, JunkHunters say that the majority of construction firms fail to consider using a service such as his or taking other steps to recycle their waste.
The amount of waste material generated by the sector is slowly falling, but Mr. Rathnakaye believes by sorting through rubble, metal, wood and selling on any unused materials, builders could make a positive difference to the environment.
Mr. Rathnayake commented: ‘Businesses are slowly becoming more conscious of the waste materials they produce but this change isn’t happening quickly enough. In a sector like the building industry, where it is possible to recycle the bulk of materials, then there really should be no excuse.
‘If materials can’t be reused, then we assess whether they can be recycled and we work closely with contractors across the UK to ensure materials reach the relevant processing and recycling centres.’
He continued: ‘We’ve been operating in London for over ten years now and have seen the demand for our service grow rapidly. Having just opened in Birmingham as part of our UK expansion plans, we have had plenty of commercial enquiries already. Where we stand out is that we offer a personalized service that is a lot cheaper than hiring a skip and you can be sure that materials are reused and recycled if possible.’
JunkHunters provide a fully accredited and reputable building waste disposal service that helps remove all building materials from construction sites as quickly and ethically as possible. All waste clearance teams adhere to strict green business credentials, which ensure the recycling of materials where possible.