Construction firms commit to cutting packaging

19 July 2009

20 July 2009 | Allie Anderson

Members of the UK construction sector's green procurement group (GPG) have pledged to work together to reduce packaging in the supply chain.

The group of suppliers and manufacturers aims to cut materials packaging by 20 per cent over the next three years. The goal forms part of the group's commitment to meet reduction targets set out by the government-led Strategic Forum for Construction.

Waste reduction efforts include a bathroom products supplier switching from solid plastic packaging to plastic netting, as well as other vendors pledging to reduce plasterboard packaging by 20 per cent.

In addition, GPG member Jewson is set to save up to £52,000 a week by reusing and recycling timber pallets (Web news, 9 July).

Steve Millward, Jewson's sustainability director and head of the GPG, said: "We operate within one of the most waste-heavy industries and the agreed packaging reduction targets will produce considerable environmental advantages that will transform the way we all do business."

The group, which met for the third time this month, was set up in 2007 to encourage construction companies to work together to cut carbon emissions and waste in the industry's supply chain (News, 14 February 2008). Members include Morgan Ashurst, Osborne, Lafarge Cement, Rockwool and Skanska.

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