‘Concerns’ over 2012 Olympic waste management

London's 2012 Olympic Games are on target for making 'world class' waste reduction targets but there are 'concerns' over the process, according to an independent watchdog.

The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, a body established solely to monitor the sustainability of the games, has praised overall Olympic waste management, but warns that more collaboration is needed to ensure consistency.

Today (March 24) the commission published its Waste Report looking into management of rubbish before, during and after the games.

Commission chair, Shaun McCarthy voiced ‘concerns’ about waste management in the areas surrounding the Olympic and Paralympic venues and the development of waste infrastructure in East London.

He said: “Our concerns are that while all this good work is going on inside the venues, waste in the areas immediately surrounding the venues could be forgotten about.

“There needs to be a consistently high standard and this means more collaboration between stakeholders and organisers.”

The report also states the Olympic Delivery Authority is ‘exceeding’ its 90% reuse or recycling target for demolition waste.

This is, according to the report, ‘world-class progress’ and both its performance and experience have now become a ‘construction industry benchmark’.

Luke Walsh

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