What is Halving Waste to Landfill?

WRAP’s Halving Waste to Landfill commitment completed at the end of 2012 and was a great success. Over 800 companies made the commitment to reduced waste and projects with an estimated construction value in excess of £40 billion now use WRAP's procurement wording.

The commitment has enabled us all to stimulate the discussion on construction waste and, through the tools and guidance developed, support action across the supply chain. 

Importantly, our approach to measurement and reporting has helped many signatories achieve their targets for year on year improvement and enabled them to generate cost savings.

The Commitment was built around a simple statement of intent ...

"We commit to playing 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"

All parts of the construction supply chain played their part

  • Clients and Developers – set procurement requirements for good practice and measurement.
  • Designers and Consultants – identified opportunities to reduce waste and use more recovered materials.
  • Contractors– implemented good practice and measure performance
  • SME and Specialist contractors – responded to client goals and measure performance.
  • Manufacturers, Suppliers and Distributors – offered low waste, recyclable and higher recycled content options.
  • Waste Management Contractors – collected and recovered more waste to a higher quality and provide robust data.
  • Sector and trade bodies – advocated setting targets and good practice and encouraged a consistent approach to measurement and annual reporting.