Circular driven economy is essential to ensure greater economic resilience

4th July 2020 | Recycling

Construction and recycling company the Sheehan Group has appealed to the industry to embrace the Circular Driven Economy movement to ensure greater UK economic resilience. As the UK construction and waste recycling industries re-build as lockdown measures continue to ease the Sheehan Group have highlighted circular driven practices as a solution to greater sustainability. It is encouraging contractors to source local products and supplies to reduce the UK’s over reliance on global supply chains, improve the environment and support local jobs. Research has found between 8 and 20 are created per thousand tonnes of unwanted products that are re-manufactured, compared to 5 to 10 jobs for recycling and just 0.1 jobs per thousand products sent to landfill.

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Tara Sheehan, finance director of the Oxford based Sheehan Group, outlined the benefits of the business approach when she appeared on a CDE Global Engineering Insights panel online this week. The virtual panel discussed construction and demolition and excavation waste recycling. Tara Sheehan said, “The UK construction industry has been impacted by not just lockdown measures, but also by an over-reliance on the global supply chain. This has been demonstrated by may contractors struggling to obtain materials. The circular economy is a concept in which materials are produced to be constantly recycled or re-used locally. Covid-19 and the associated challenges demonstrates how powerful the circular economy concept can be in aiding economic recovery.

“If multiple industries embrace its core principle of keeping resources in use for as long as possible it would help make the UK market more self-sufficient, protect the environment and jobs.”

According to the EU Construction and Demolition Waste Management Protocol (Sept 2016), based on volume, construction and demolition (C&D) waste is the largest stream in the EU, it represents about one-third of all waste produced.

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