Anna Surgenor, Senior Sustainability Advisor and Circular Economy programme lead at UKGBC said:

“We welcome the direction of travel in the Government’s ‘Our Waste, Our Resources a Strategy for England’; it is very positive to see the importance of circular principles highlighted throughout. UKGBC is already working with Defra and BEIS in this area and we’re committed to continuing engagement with them as part of our Circular Economy programme.

“Construction, demolition and excavation in the UK currently produces a staggering 120 million tonnes of waste each year. This is nearly 60% of all UK waste. There is evidently a huge opportunity for the sector to improve and we support Defra’s work with the Green Construction Board to establish a definition of zero avoidable waste in the sector.”


Notes to editors 
‘Our Waste, Our Resources a Strategy for England’ has been published by Defra today and is available here.