The Waste Zone, an integral part of this year’s FutureBuild at ExCel London from 5 to 7 March, is being curated by university Senior Lecturer, architect and author, Duncan Baker-Brown, the man behind the university’s award-winning Waste House.
Duncan said: “Climate change is at the top of the political agenda and we are encouraging as many people as possible – including our students – to attend so they can learn more and spread the word about the urgent need to boost the circular economy.”
Duncan’s Waste House was constructed on the City campus mostly from materials that otherwise would have found their way into landfill sites or incinerated. It was built with thrown-away materials including timber, 20,000 old tooth brushes and carpet tiles, and on the principal that there was no such thing as rubbish “just things in the wrong place”.
Duncan said: “In the last ten years the construction industry has nearly halved the amount of construction and demolition waste it creates, and it is also exceeding EU waste reduction targets.
“This is great news but there is lots of room for improvement as this sector still creates 120m tonnes of waste a year. In 2017 London Waste and Recycling Board identified that by 2036 a circular economy could provide London with net benefits of up to £7bn per annum, with up to 12,000 new jobs.