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Barratt Exceeds Waste Reduction Target Three Years Early

Nov 16, 2017
Barratt Homes Waste Reduction
In 2015 Barratt Homes set itself the objective of becoming the leading national sustainable housebuilder by 2020. Our latest annual sustainability report shows we have already exceeded our 2020 waste reduction target, and have reduced annual waste consumption by over 15,100 tonnes, the weight equivalent of 725 homes. Last year we saw the results of a renewed focus on designing out waste, and waste reduction, rather than simply segregation and recycling.  Through designing out waste we used more right-sized plasterboard which saved 487 tonnes of waste, ready-cut floor decking, saving 300 tonnes, and returned over 2,600 tonnes of wooden pallets for re-use. We also recycled over 11,000 paint tins. Overall, we diverted 95% of total construction waste away from landfill, the result of this was an 87% reduction in general ‘active’ waste. The sustainability report also outlines the progress Barratt has made across six key performance metrics covering safety, efficiency, people, places, sourcing and innovation. Some of the stand-out highlights from this year’s report are:
  • 56 developments have achieved Built for Life accreditation, more than all other UK housebuilders combined, with 14 of these rated ‘outstanding’
  • Donated over £1.1million to local and national charities
  • Recruited 184 graduates, apprentices and trainees
  • Improved our injury incidence rate by 2% in the reporting year
  • 17% of homes have been delivered using some form of offsite technology

David Thomas, chief executive of Barratt Developments plc, said: “Sustainability is key to how we act as a responsible business. As the country’s number one housebuilder, our sustainable values are vitally important to both our stakeholders and customers who expect us to lead by our actions. It is great to see that we are hitting our sustainability targets and delivering tangible benefits that help our employees, the communities we are building and the wider environment.”