Powerday has become the first waste management company in England to gain the recycling performance reporting accreditation PAS 402: 2009.

The British Standard for waste resource management - specification for performance reporting was developed by Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) whose efforts to minimise waste across the country were being held back by the lack of accurate and reliable reporting data. The framework for the PAS was developed by CEW and stakeholders including Natural Resource Wales (formerly the Environment Agency Wales), the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and UK Contractors Group (UKCG).

The PAS is helping companies to increase recycling and reuse and reduce waste costs through increased visibility and understanding of what is happening to their waste. The accreditation involved a comprehensive external audit of Powerday’s reporting processes by independent auditors.

Simon Little, Sales and Marketing Director, Powerday says: “Powerday has always strived to keep our clients at the forefront of recycling reporting. Any raising of standards that gives our customers even greater confidence in the performance data they receive is a good thing. We set out to be the first accredited waste management company in England and are delighted to have achieved this.”

There is an appetite amongst construction companies to see a wider take-up of the accreditation to improve waste practices and give greater confidence in the quality of data. Earlier this month, UKCG expressed member support for the adoption of PAS 402 across England.

Peter Kelly, Chair of the UKCG Waste Working Group and Sustainability Manager for ISG Construction Ltd said, “UKCG members hope to send a clear signal to the market that we would like to see more waste management contractors certified to PAS 402. The scheme has been successful in Wales, and it is now time to start extending this into England. UKCG members are committed to reporting data on waste and PAS 402 will provide greater assurance that the information being provided by waste management contractors is as robust as possible. UKCG members congratulate Powerday on being the first waste management company in England to gain accreditation and hope this will spur others in the industry to swiftly follow suit”.