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Kirkby Stephen development beats industry recycling scores

October 2014

Story Homes’ recently completed Kirkby Stephen development has delivered above industry standard recycling scores.

With work now finished on the Birkbeck Gardens development in the town, the site can boast that more than 90% of construction waste material taken off site was recycled and diverted from landfill waste.

An overall score of 91.9% was achieved on the development, which delivered 58 new homes to Kirkby Stephen.

Birkbeck Gardens Kirkby Stephen

The beautiful show home at Birkbeck Gardens

The recycling score applies to each skip of waste material which is removed from the development site by partner organisation Reconomy. The materials are then recycled where possible. The industry requirement for recycling waste removed from a construction site is 85%+. At present each one of Story Homes live developments is diverting between 89% and 100% from landfill.

Story Homes had a site waste management plan for the project, setting targets and ensuring that all waste was segregated and dealt with appropriately and safely, and recycled or reused where possible. The type of materials usually taken away by skip to be recycled includes wood, plaster board, cardboard and glass.

In total, Birkbeck Gardens produced 267.56 tonnes of waste and 245.947 tonnes were recycled. 89.5% of mixed construction waste was recycled and 100% of plasterboard and timber waste was recycled.

Simon McClelland, Sustainable Homes Advisor for Story Homes said: “We are particularly proud that our scores are above industry standards and we will continue to make future improvements wherever possible. Through Reconomy we are able to ensure that as much material as possible is reused or recycled, diverting as much as we can from going to landfill. Our waste management provider gives us the resource we need to monitor and evaluate our scores regularly, ensuring we play an important part in recycling and keeping our developments as ‘green’ as possible.”

Story Homes is also building in the Eden town of Appleby. Work on the Orchard Place development is underway and will eventually see 142 new homes in the town.

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