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Waste Not Want Not

Added: (Fri Nov 24 2000)

Pressbox (Press Release) - WASTE NOT WANT NOT
Online Service Aids Sustainable Construction


An Internet service for the construction industry will help companies comply with the Government¡¦s new ¡¥Sustainable Construction¡¦ principles.

Surplushop.com ¡V a Chartered Building Consultancy launched earlier this year as an online trading device for the buying and selling of surpluses. Surplushop will prove an invaluable tool in the construction industry¡¦s battle to reduce waste and limit its impact on the environment, its directors claim.

By 2001, every construction company in the UK must be shown to be playing its part in minimising pollution and making more efficient use of natural resources, as Surplushop Marketing Director Elaine Alexander, explains:

¡§The Government is challenging construction companies to adopt new principles for the building of a better quality of life. While greater resource efficiency and more effective design and planning can lower the level of waste on site, companies will find still themselves with surplus.¡¨

Every year 70 million tonnes of construction and demolition materials and soil end up as waste. 13 million tonnes of that waste comprise material which has been delivered to a site but is ultimately thrown away unused.

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¡§Advertising those materials on Surplushop is a simple and effective solution to the problem,¡¨ Elaine continues. ¡§Companies using the service will cut down on their disposal costs and reduce the pressure on landfill sites.¡¨

Apart from the obvious benefits to sellers, buyers benefit too, as excess goods at knock down prices represent great value for money.

¡§All in all, it¡¦s a great opportunity to maximise your profits and help the environment,¡¨ Elaine concludes.

With the need for growth as great as ever, the industry must become more innovative if it is to satisfy customer demand for new developments and comply with Government regulations for more sustainable construction.

With such a delicate balance to maintain, services like Surplushop may offer a real way forward.

¡Kends¡K

For more information about this press release please contact:
Katie Bowyer at The SPA Group
Tel: 01925 755590 Fax: 01925 757088 email: kt@spagroup.com


NOTES TO EDITORS:

More details on Surplushop can be obtained at www.surplushop.com

More details of the Government¡¦s strategy for sustainable construction can be found at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions¡¦ website on www.construction.detr.gov.uk

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