Construction and Demolition waste
The construction and demolition (C&D) industry is one of the largest waste producing industries in New Zealand. C&D waste may represent up to 50% of all waste generated in New Zealand, 20% of all waste going to landfill and 80% of all waste going to cleanfill. C&D waste is a complex waste stream, made up of a wide variety of materials including concrete, plasterboard, wood, steel, brick and glass. The sources of construction material waste include off-cuts, packaging, surplus materials, formwork, protection materials, damaged materials and rework. Disposing of these materials to landfill not only means that they are not being recovered for further use but also that they then contribute to adverse environmental effects such as leaching of chemicals into soil and waterways as well as creating emissions of methane as construction and demolition waste breaks down and rots. Much C&D waste can be reduced, reused and recovered, dramatically decreasing the amount thrown away.
If you have Construction or Demolition waste, look at the REBRI recycling directory to find a company who can recycle it for you.