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Considerate Constructors Scheme sets out to reduce plastics and packaging on site

CCS campaign follows survey which found 31 per cent of industry frequently use plastics and packaging that cannot be reused or recycled

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched a construction-industry-wide campaign to raise awareness as to how the industry can reduce, reuse and recycle plastics and packaging. The wider construction industry is the second largest consumer of plastics in the UK.

The CCS is calling on all construction sites, companies, suppliers and clients of construction projects to drastically reduce their consumption of plastics and packaging. The Scheme said: “Not only does this offer significant improvements for the environment and society as a whole, it also makes commercial business sense, with many organisations reporting significant cost savings achieved.”

The launch of its campaign - which features on the industry’s Best Practice Hub - comes in response to startling findings from a CCS survey of over 900 people working within the UK and Irish construction industries.

The survey found that only 44 per cent knew how to recycle different plastic and packaging materials and 51 per cent of respondents admitted little understanding of the rules and regulations surrounding plastics and packaging. Perhaps not surprisingly, a large majority of the construction industry - 95 per cent - said they wanted more to be done.

The hub provides a suite of resources to help the industry to address this issue. It includes a range practical case studies and guidance from contractors, clients and service suppliers.

Chief Executive, Edward Hardy said: “As construction is the second largest consumer of plastic in the UK, our industry has one of the greatest responsibilities to society, and to the environment, to ensure that we are working tirelessly to improve our standards in minimising waste from plastics. While considerable progress is being made – with over 76 per cent of Scheme-registered construction sites setting targets to reduce, reuse and recycle waste – it is clear that a concerted effort to raise further awareness, and to provide the necessary support, is needed to achieve this drastic reduction in waste from plastics and packaging.”

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