Approximately 32.4 million tonnes of solid waste was generated in Australia in 2002–03, an estimated 42% of which was building waste (Productivity Commission 2006). Minimising and recycling this waste can have significant social, economic and environmental benefits.
A number of states, including Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, have ‘towards zero’ waste strategy documents. The strategies set state-wide targets for waste reduction, resource recovery and littering, and specific targets and actions for the municipal and business sectors to deliver more sustainable use of resources. See for example Victoria’s Sustainability in action — towards zero waste strategy or South Australia’s waste strategy 2011–2015.
The three Rs of waste minimisation: reduce, reuse, recycle.
Reduce consumption of resources by building smaller houses that are better designed for your needs. This is the most effective way to conserve precious resources for use by future generations and reduce waste. It also lowers costs.
Improve the accuracy of your ordering so that materials are not wasted nor sit around a site for long periods where they can become damaged.
Reuse existing buildings and materials in order to reduce demand for resources, lower waste volumes and save money. A lot of energy and resources go into the materials used to construct a home and due to the mixed nature of these materials most end up in landfill.
Recycle resources that are left over or have reached the end of their useful life. This reduces demand for new materials and lowers the volume of waste going to landfill. Use materials with high recycled content to create a market for recycled resources. It raises the price paid by recyclers for recovered resources and increases the viability of recycling.
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For further information please go to http://www.yourhome.gov.au/materials/waste-minimisation