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  • Read out Three things here: Imperative is a very strong word Waste as a resource – not waste as a waste We (public sector?) enable the creation of markets
  • Read out Three things here: Imperative is a very strong word Waste as a resource – not waste as a waste We (public sector?) enable the creation of markets
  • Read out Three things here: Imperative is a very strong word Waste as a resource – not waste as a waste We (public sector?) enable the creation of markets
  • Read out Three things here: Imperative is a very strong word Waste as a resource – not waste as a waste We (public sector?) enable the creation of markets
  • Definition of wastes “a substance or object…which the Producer or the person in possession discards or intends to discard or is required to discard .” Discard? No absolute definition. Case law established through the EC courts. Each case must be considered on merit
  • Definition of wastes “a substance or object…which the Producer or the person in possession discards or intends to discard or is required to discard .” Discard? No absolute definition. Case law established through the EC courts. Each case must be considered on merit
  • Think of a construction site as a market stall It’s the only market Where the market trader packs up & moves to location at any time And does not tell his buyers where he’s gone to, Nor tell anyone exactly what he’s selling nor does he tell his suppliers what we wants and when he wants it!! Sounds a recipe for disaster!! And it is
  • As I said earlier - Construction projects are ephemeral in nature – they are not permanent features in the landscape. And to add more complication, any given construction programme will require materials imported or exported to or from site at any given moment in time. And to add yet another level of complexity – that construction programme will invariably change thereby materials import/export requirements constantly change This is perhaps the real nub of the construction waste/sustainable procurement problem – knee jerk reaction of off site muck away mentality due to ever changing programmes and construction demands – it is always the main excuse when you talk to the site manager In order for companies, or should I say sites, to cut waste a change in attitude at the site level is needed which can only be brought along by something which makes their life easier and they can see the immediate benefit to their site management and cost savings

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  • Waste Minimisation and Sustainable Procurement in Construction Alex Albon (@earthexchange)
  • Message From (Near) The Top!
    • “ It is imperative that we start to think of waste as a resource wherever possible. … it is more important than ever that we enable businesses to find a market for materials which would otherwise be disposed of as waste”
    • The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP
    • Secretary of State for Environment, Food
    • and Rural Affairs.
  • Drivers and Challenges
    • UK Construction uses more natural resources than any other industry
    • ► Over 400 million tonnes per year
  • Drivers and Challenges
    • UK Construction accounts for more than 30% of UK’s total waste
    • ► About 120 million tonnes per year
    • ► About 13% of all materials brought to site are unused
  • Drivers and Challenges
    • About 60 Million Tonnes per year is reused or recycled
    • ► Vast majority of this is soils and aggregates
  • Drivers & Challenges
    • Many counties have no landfill void . SE England only 4 years void left
    • Of that already reused there are massive efficiency gains to be made of a scale of ££££ Billions ££££
    • Government ‘Strategy For Sustainable Construction’ June 2008 – 50% Reduction in Construction Wastes to Landfill 2012. Zero waste to landfill 2020
    • ‘ Sustainable Procurement Agenda ’ – recycled content etc
  • Facts and Figures
    • Small House Plot Foundations Generates
      • Equivalent to about 50 years of domestic waste arisings from a typical family of 4 in that house
    • Divert 1000m 3 subsoil from landfill
      • Equivalent to annual waste from 3600 people
    • Reuse 1000m 3 at a site 8 miles (12km) closer than normal
      • Save 1850 miles of haulage (Manchester to Milan… and back!!)
      • Save 2.8 tonnes CO 2
      • Save £72,000 landfill tax
  • Current problem
    • The ‘Ephemeral’ nature of construction projects and variable project programmes makes ‘creating a market’ rather tricky!!
    • Who needs it? When do they need it? How do you get it? What have you got? Where is it and where are you?
    • Current solution:
      • Who you know
      • What you know
      • Last minute
      • Non-strategic
      • Suitable for use?
  • Here I Am?
  • Back in 5 minutes?
  • A Solution
  • The solution - Earth Exchange ®
  • Features
    • Secure Web-based system to match surplus materials with deficits at the site level via a Google Maps
    • Covers entire UK with no geopolitical borders and resulting boundary effects!
    • But… has local focus for the user.
  • Features
    • Time based – to incorporate:
      • Changing construction programmes and needs
      • ‘ Quality’ considerations
  • Member’s Site
  • Member’s Site – Unique features
      • Multi-site capability user/map configuration
      • Site details – type of construction
      • Multiple-material capability
      • Availability/wanted dates
      • Haulage routes and distances
      • Contacts, communication, alerts, stats
      • Unlimited access and use (no pay per site etc)…
      • NEW - Details of local service providers highlighted by proximity (Labs, haulage, consultants, plant etc).
  • Summary
    • Earth Exchange ® has huge potential to save waste disposal, haulage and procurement costs
    • Earth Exchange ® is a low cost, easy-to-use tool which can interface with SWMPs, BREEAM etc
    • Earth Exchange ® creates the virtual ‘ market for materials ’ to match material requirements at locations and times to suit you
    • “ Exchange It – Don’t Waste It”
  • Summary
    • Earth Exchange ® : Offers huge financial and environmental benefits:
      • Nearby reusable soils, aggregates and materials mapped at source – virgin materials preserved, haulage reduced etc
      • Procurement time, effort and costs saved
      • Improved RC KPI’s achievable
      • Local users of surpluses mapped – disposal avoided, haulage reduced
      • Project flexibility
      • Potential revenues realised for ‘unwanted’ materials
      • ► Reduced Project Costs With Zero Effort!!
  • £4.125 Million Costs Saved 285,000 miles Heavy Haulage Saved 81,000 t Diverted from Landill 156,000 t Virgin Materials Saved
  • Thank You
    • www. earth exchange .com