It’s no secret that our landfills are choking on waste – bad news for both our environment and the planet.
The good news is, just like our household waste, we could be salvaging much of the building site waste coming from construction and demolition jobs.
And, with the State Government introducing a new levy on July 1st 2022, the more site waste you keep out of landfill, the less you’ll pay.
What’s the Draft Waste Action Plan, and how will it affect your building site?
The Tasmanian Government’s Draft Waste Action Plan has set a target to recover an average of 40% of recyclable or reusable material across all types of waste by 2025. Then rising to 80% by 2030.
To help fund this vital change, a landfill waste levy will come into effect. From July 2022, landfill users will be charged $20 for every tonne of waste sent for burial. A fee that’ll increase to $60 by 2026.
In short, the more valuable resources you’re salvaging from your building site waste, the better your bottom line.
Wondering which materials can be salvaged from a site?
Let’s look at a waste audit from a 2021 residential build site in Southern Tasmania.
Over the four building stages – foundation, lock-up, fit-out, and completion – a total of 2,804kg (13m3) of waste was dumped. Importantly, more than two-thirds of this could’ve been diverted from landfill.
Here’s how some of the salvaged materials could be repurposed:
Most of us already do a great job at home, sorting our recycling and composting organic waste.
Now it’s time to create the same good habits on Tasmania’s building sites.
Need some tips to get started?
Start getting your team prepared now.
How can the industry keep future levy costs down?
In Tasmania, some recycling and composting services are free, some may generate extra income (e.g. scrap metal), and some may charge a fee.
But here’s the thing.
Not all recycling services are widely available in Tasmania (e.g. soft plastic recycling) or may lack strong reuse demand (e.g. crushed rubble).
So it’s important to support those businesses already working in the sector (e.g. Replas and Spectran). Plus, if you notice gaps in recycling services in your area, consider how you can advocate for service expansion.
Want to know more?
Grab a copy of the waste audit report, including the full list of industry and builder recommendations here: