Surrey County Council has asked for comments on plans to recycle more building waste in the county.
Each year around 370,000 tonnes of construction and demolition aggregates, including concrete, bricks and masonry, are recycled in Surrey. The council’s aim is to increase this to 900,000 tonnes a year by 2026.
By using more recycled materials to help build and maintain roads, houses and schools, the council can help reduce the construction industry’s dependence on quarrying for raw materials. This is reflected in the recently approved Surrey Minerals Plan* in which the county council outlined its intention to increase the production of recycled aggregates.
Dr Lynne Hack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Surrey is required to produce construction materials to help build and repair roads, houses and schools. We want to do this is in a way that is better for the environment and better for the quality of life of Surrey residents. The more building and demolition waste that can be recycled, the less reliant industry is on quarried raw materials.”
People have been asked to give their views on the recycling plan, which is officially called the Aggregates Recycling Joint Development Plan Document. To find out how to comment visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/minerals plan. The plans can also be viewed at County Hall in Kingston, at district and borough council offices and in public libraries. The document will be sent to the Government later in the year for an independent examination.
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* The recycling proposals form part of the Surrey Minerals Plan which also outlines areas of the county that could potentially be used for quarrying over the coming years.