WRAP's Built Environment Programme

Update April 2021

WRAP has removed its legacy construction tools with immediate effect. As outlined below these tools were no longer supported by WRAP since the closure of its construction programme in 2015, however WRAP did continue to host them to support the construction sector’s transition away from them. Due to a vulnerability found in the server hosting these tools and with no funding for the construction programme we will no longer be able to host them.


WRAP operated a programme of work supporting the construction industry in reducing waste and improving resource efficiency between 2000 and March 2015. WRAP’s work in the sector has led to wide scale environmental change through the development and execution of such initiatives as Halving Waste to Landfill. Over 800 companies signed the commitment to reduce waste leading to:

  • 5 million tonnes of waste per year diverted from landfill
  • £400 million cost savings per year realised by the companies involved.

Following a review of the resources including tools, research reports, case studies and good practice guides WRAP has transferred the main knowledge base to CIRIA.

If you have any queries please contact:

Sirio D'Aleo at CIRIA
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7549 3300
Email: [email protected]

The construction tools, Net Waste and measuRE remain online but will no longer be supported by WRAP. (These have now been removed, see update above.)

Built Environment


How can I get a copy of the Quality Protocol?

All of the Quality Protocols (QP), including aggregates and PFA, can be downloaded for free from gov.uk

Where can I get recycled aggregates tested?

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) provide a list of accredited companies and laboratories at www.ukas.com.

Site waste management

Do I need to produce a Site Waste Management Plan?

It is no longer a legal requirement to have a Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) for construction projects in England. Some of the other UK countries are currently deciding whether to make SWMPs mandatory; to find out the current position please contact your local office of SEPA (Scotland), Natural Resources Wales, or Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland). However, regardless of the legal position we still recommend you consider having a SWMP as it provides a good practice approach to help you manage and reduce your construction waste and can reduce your costs.

How should I choose List of Wastes (LoW) codes for the SWMP tool?

The Environment Agency guidance on LoW codes is available at www.gov.uk/how-to-classify-different-types-of-waste/construction-and-demolition-waste.


Overseeing this is the responsibility of the Environment Agency in England and helpful guidance, including a Quality Protocol checker web tool, is available in their waste management guidance.

Where can I get recycled gypsum tested?

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) provide a list of accredited companies and laboratories at www.ukas.com

Other sources of help and support

As well as consultants and trade associations in the sector there are other research and membership organisations such as BRECIRIASupply Chain Sustainability SchoolConstructing Excellence in Wales and the UKGBC that may be able to assist you with queries now that WRAP is no longer funded to support the Build Environment sector.