Waste and resource efficiency

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During 2009 and 2010, we analysed all of our UK waste streams and resource use in order to better understand the cost, efficiency and environmental implications of our approach to waste management. WRAP provided funding and advice on tackling construction waste and we also looked at all other types of waste. We identified that a significant amount of our waste comes from demolition, remediation and infrastructure rather than just construction waste, with the bulk of the waste being soil.

The Taylor Wimpey Waste and Resources Group then developed a comprehensive Waste and Resources Strategy and Action Plan. The key objective of the strategy is to help our regional businesses to identify those areas where maximum cost savings and environmental benefits can be realised by better management of waste and resources.

The strategy includes a waste hierarchy modified for housebuilding to emphasise the importance of design and a commitment to examine resource use throughout the entire house building life cycle. It also aims to facilitate a cultural shift to ensure that all materials are considered as resources rather than waste. During 2011, all of our management teams will attend one day workshops on the strategy and we will run a road show throughout the UK.

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Health, safety and environmental management

Read about our approach to health, safety and environmental issues from management systems to training and from waste reduction to biodiversity protection