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Date: 18 March 2024

Author: Rachel Bartlett

Why is recycling in construction important

The construction sector has a significant environmental footprint – responsible for substantial emissions and resource consumption globally.

The construction industry plays a vital role in shaping the sustainability of our urban environments. It’s a well-documented fact that construction activities contribute to a significant portion of global emissions.  Business Waste reported that the construction industry contributes to around 50% of landfill waste.

As professionals on the frontlines of property development and construction, developers hold the power to influence change, and steer their projects towards sustainability.

The Power of Recycling in Construction

“Recycling in construction” is more than a buzzword—it’s a practice that can reduce waste, conserve resources, and minimise the environmental impact of building projects.

By embracing recycling, we can turn construction and demolition debris, traditionally seen as waste, into valuable resources. This not only reduces the strain on our landfills and natural resources but also opens up new avenues for innovation and cost savings in construction projects.

Benefits of Recycling:

Reduced Environmental Impact: Recycling construction materials decreases the demand for new resources, meaning less environmental degradation associated with mining and material production.

Cost Savings: Through the reuse of materials and reduction in waste disposal fees, recycling can lead to considerable cost savings in construction projects.

How you can make a difference.

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Educate and Engage:

Inform your team and stakeholders about the importance of recycling and sustainable practices in construction.

Implement Recycling Plans:

 Develop comprehensive recycling plans for your projects, aiming for maximum material recovery and reuse.

Chose Sustainable materials:

Opt for materials with lower environmental impacts, such as recycled or locally sourced materials, to reduce the carbon footprint of your projects.

Stay Informed:

Keep up to date with the latest regulations, technologies, and best practices in sustainable construction to continually enhance your environmental stewardship.


As professionals in the construction and property development sector, you can lead by example. By doing so, you not only contribute to a healthier planet but also pave the way for a more sustainable, efficient, and resilient construction industry.

If you’re planning a sustainable development project, get in touch with us today to see how we can help with our development funding.

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