WRAP launch AggRegain
WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, has launched AggRegain, a unique one-stop source of practical information designed to assist specifiers, purchasers and suppliers of recycled or secondary aggregates. Funded through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, AggRegain builds on the work of the earlier Aggregates Information Service to provide a new, free information service comprising a website –– www.aggregain.org.uk –– and a telephone helpline: 0808 100 2040.
Compiled from a variety of sources, the information on the AggRegain website currently contains:
- over 50 detailed case studies illustrating the cost savings (price, waste disposal, transport etc) and performance benefits of using recycled and secondary aggregates in housing developments, commercial buildings and infrastructure projects
- technical notes to assist in the specification of recycled and secondary aggregates
- a comprehensive directory of over 250 suppliers of recycled and secondary aggregate products at 350 locations
- purchase order templates to assist buyers
- a news section providing information on the latest industry developments
- links to other websites containing useful information on recycled and secondary aggregates.
Commenting on the launch, Jennie Price, chief executive of WRAP, said: ‘Around 214 million tonnes of aggregates are used in England each year in construction. Of this, some 50 million tonnes comprise recycled and secondary aggregates, but there is much more we could do, and need to do, to reduce our consumption of primary aggregates.’
WRAP believes that one of the major barriers to the wider use of recycled and secondary aggregates is the lack of a comprehensive, independent source of information which buyers can use to inform procurement decisions and suppliers can use as a ‘shop window’ to promote the availability of products. This, says WRAP, is exactly what AggRegain will provide.
Meanwhile, building on the aggregates programme established for England in April 2002, WRAP has announced the launch of a new £1 million programme for Scotland –– funded by the Scottish Executive from the proceeds of the Aggregates Levy –– aimed at increasing the country’s production and use of secondary and recycled materials.