From this month, manufacturers of building products will be able to make credible declarations about the recycled content of individual brands using a guide introduced by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme).
The Rules of Thumb Guide to Recycled Content in Construction Products, which is available online at www.wrap.org.uk, provides direction to assist producers state the recycled content of each product on their standard data sheets.
With customers, policy, planning and funding bodies increasingly asking for a higher recycled content in their projects, the Rules of Thumb will support individual product manufacturers to gain market differentiation.
Jewson environmental and quality director Steve Millward said of the new guide: “We have found that higher recycled content products are being requested by our customers, and this document lays down useful guidance for manufacturers and suppliers to determine what is, and what is not, classed as recycled content.”
And, say WRAP, with the likely introduction of Site Waste Management Plans as a regulatory requirement in England this year, coupled with annual increases in Landfill Tax, more recycled materials will be available to incorporate into building products. Provision of reliable data on composition will therefore assist project teams deliver materials efficiency through more accurately informed product substitution.