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Construction and Demolition Waste

Waste from construction and demolition (C&D) forms a significant part of the waste going to York Valley Landfill, and also represents a loss of valuable resources which could be reused.

Waste from construction and demolition (C&D) forms a significant part of the waste going to York Valley Landfill, and also represents a loss of valuable resources which could be reused.

In addition to this, greenhouse gas emissions from building, operating and removing buildings means that New Zealand’s built environment is responsible for around 20% of the country’s carbon footprint.

Council is considering how to enable the reduction of building waste in a range of areas:

To learn more about this area, here are some useful resources:

Additional resources are available through the Zero Waste Network (supported by Auckland Council and Envision).  These include short and accessible video clips:

Deconstruction is easy: https://youtu.be/5FYRTwkhprM

Uses for materials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISQMqzI_CE8

Things need to change: https://youtu.be/1x_dYtA4Q2Y

The Zero Waste Network have made an open access Construction & Deconstruction resource pack. https://padlet.com/ZWNAotearoa/canddpack

If you are looking for more information or have a case study to share, please contact rethinkwaste@ncc.govt.nz .