Construction waste includes timber, concrete, plasterboard, bricks, asbestos, vegetation, rock and soil. Although most of this waste is generated by the construction and demolition industry, building and renovating homes also contributes.
Waste from the construction and demolition industry represents over one third of all waste going to landfill. Over 75% of this is clean, excavated material, such as concrete, bricks and timber which can often be recycled. At an individual level you can reduce and recycle construction waste when you build a home or renovate an existing property.
Recycle construction waste to:
When building only order what you need. When renovating only replace what you need to replace.
Reuse, sell, swap or give away building products wherever possible. With demand for vintage products there are many people looking to reuse pieces from older-style homes.
Items that can not be reused should be recycled or disposed of correctly:
The Environment Protection Authority provides further advice about construction waste
The way construction waste is recycled depends on the materials within each item. Find out more about household waste and recycling for different materials. The way your hard rubbish is processed will also vary from council to council. Contact your council to confirm which items are recycled.
Rid your home of dangerous and toxic waste responsibly, with the free Detox your Home program.
Household paint, batteries and fluorescent lights can be dropped off for free. Check with your local council for details.
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