Re-routing building waste
One of Perth’s largest construction companies has pledged to recycle a significant proportion of its site waste in a bid to reduce the amount of building materials, around 5 truckloads per home build, being sent to landfill.
One of Perth’s largest construction companies has pledged to recycle a significant proportion of its site waste in a bid to reduce the amount of building materials being sent to landfill.
Pindan has joined forces with ECO Resources as a founding member of its ECO Accreditation Program, which is a commitment to recover, recycle and reuse 93 per cent of building site waste.
The construction and demolition (C&D) sector is one of Australia’s largest contributors to waste, producing 20.4 million tonnes in 2016-17 alone.
The National Waste Report 2018 prepared for the Department of the Environment and Energy showed construction and demolition waste grew by two per cent per capita between 2006 and 2017.
The proportion of C&D waste being recycled did, however, increase by 34 per cent over that period, with 67 per cent of materials avoiding landfill in 2016-17.
ECO Resources Director Kristy Sumich said C&D waste in Western Australia was even higher than the national average, making up around half of the state’s waste stream.
“C&D waste represents a significant opportunity for waste avoidance and material recovery when you consider more than six million tonnes of waste is generated each year in WA,” she said.
“The ECO Accreditation Program is designed to provide waste contributors with the ability to ensure all their construction, demolition and general inert waste is being handled in the most eff ective way possible, maximising landfi ll diversion and recycling outcomes.”
According to Ms Sumich, businesses have traditionally based their waste collection policies purely on financial factors, though she hopes sentiment will change.
“Many of the collection companies have no treatment or recycling capabilities and as such will either take waste directly to landfill or take to so-called pop-up fill sites,” she said.
“We anticipate Pindan’s involvement with the program and approach to C&D recycling will act as a catalyst for other waste generators to jump on board.”
Pindan Projects Operations Manager Ben Murphy said every building company had a social responsibility to implement the best possible environmental practices.
“Builders have a direct relationship with the environment they work within, and Pindan Projects
and Pindan Homes wanted to have a positive impact on that environment,” he said.
“Building sites can create up to six truckloads of building waste. We feel this is unacceptable in contributing to landfill, so we took action to develop a positive outcome.”
Working with ECO Resources on a recent project, Mr Murphy said Pindan had been able to recycle 100 per cent of waste produced.
“Hopefully other building companies can join the program and together we can aim to signifi cantly reduce landfill and recycle the products usually dumped as waste,” he said.
Source: The West Australian- Michael Roberts