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Applying the three Rs of waste minimisation to C&D projects will lower the volume of waste going to landfill or cleanfill and reduce demand for new materials.

The three Rs work in a hierarchy:

1. Reduce
Produce less waste in the first place. Decisions made during the design and planning phases have a major influence on the type and amount of waste generated.

2. Reuse
Reusing existing buildings and materials as much as possible in your project is the next best way to reduce waste. This includes materials removed during site clearance and demolition, scrap generated on site and materials salvaged from other jobs.

3. Recycle
Resources that are left over or have reached the end of their useful life should be recycled where possible. Separate materials that can be recycled, and dispose of other materials safely.

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