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Glasgow City Council signs up to cut construction landfill

Glasgow City Council is joining a UK-wide scheme to reduce the amount of its construction, demolition and excavation waste being sent to landfill.

16 Aug 11

The council is now the largest local authority in Scotland to sign up to the Halving Waste to Landfill Commitment, which is being driven forward and promoted to the construction sector in Scotland by Zero Waste Scotland. 

This is seen a natural step for Glasgow City Council, who in 2005 became the first local authority in the UK to adopt a Council-wide minimum requirement for recycled content in building works.

Zero Waste Scotland is already helping a range of organisations in the public and private sector to make more efficient use of materials and reduce waste on construction projects.

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Regeneration and Business at Glasgow City Council, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Council, said: “Glasgow is working hard to be greener and more sustainable in everything we do.

“The Council has a large number of building, renovation and constructions projects taking place across our city where we aim to minimise the amount of waste created, by re-using or recycling where possible.

“We hope that by signing this agreement we are setting an example to others to show that being greener is not only good for the environment but good for business and saves money.”

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said:  “Glasgow City Council’s decision to sign up to Halving Waste to Landfill sends a clear signal that it is committed to reducing waste and saving money in the process. 

“In Fife, another council which has already signed up to the scheme, almost £150,000 was saved last year alone thanks to better management of construction waste.  With Glasgow next in line to benefit, we hope other local authorities in Scotland will also follow suit.  Achieving our vision for zero waste will require everyone to play their part.”

This initiative is viewed as environmentally and financially critical due to the increasing costs of waste disposal from construction, which is the largest source of waste in the UK.  In addition, construction has the potential to use a range of materials that local authorities want to recycle.

Signing this voluntary agreement will also assist Glasgow’s objective to become one of the most sustainable and green cities in Europe within the next 10 years by through the council’s Climate Change Strategy & Action Plan, as well as, the Sustainable Glasgow partnership.

The commitment requires signatories to state that, “We commit to play our part in halving the amount of construction, demolition and excavation waste going to landfill by 2012. We will work to adopt and implement standards for good practice in reducing waste, recycling more, and increasing the use of recycled and recovered materials.”

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