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Waste and Resources Action Programme

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the Waste and Resources Action Programme’s promotional campaign encouraging local authorities to use recycled aggregate. (156420)

The Department for Transport has not made a formal assessment of the impact of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) information service on the sustainable use of aggregates.

The Department will shortly complete some research on behalf of the UK Roads Board on sustainable choice of materials for highway works. This will be published as a guide for local authority highway engineers and will describe in detail the benefits of recycling aggregates where appropriate, as well as providing links to WRAP information.

The Department endorses “Well-maintained Highways” (TSO, 2005 or www.ukroadsliaison the UK Roads Board’s code of practice on highways maintenance. This provides best practice guidance on preparing a policy for sustainable development in highway maintenance and draws local authorities’ attention to WRAP’s activities.