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Simple things you can do to reduce construction waste

Simple things you can do to reduce construction waste

What is the current waste situation?

Each year, New Zealanders send about 2.5 million tonnes of waste to landfill, with 40 – 50 percent of that attributed to the construction industry. While this may seem like an overwhelming number, much of this waste has the potential to be diverted and reused, recycled, or removed from the equation entirely. The New Zealand Government has implemented a waste levy as a financial disincentive, however this hasn’t made much of an impact on the overall waste generated by the industry. It is apparent that something needs to be done in order to reduce construction waste, and while governmental policy is a valuable tool in driving change, members of the construction industry can take action today by implementing sustainable waste management practices.

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