Benefits of Reducing Waste
Reducing waste is good for reducing all three of the triple bottom lines of:
- financial (the project budget and your business)
- social/community impact:
- Conserve space in existing landfills and cleanfills and reduce the need for future landfills and cleanfills.
- Reduce pollution and energy consumption associated with the manufacture of new materials.
- For destructive demolition, reduce other impacts (e.g. noise, dust and traffic) on surrounding properties and streets.
- For construction, more efficient use of products means reduced costs of purchasing new materials.
- Improve work efficiencies through accurate detailed design, a focus on reducing rework, temporary works and mistakes.
- Reduce waste disposal costs.
- For demolition, earn revenue from salvaged building parts and recycled materials. Use our REBRI Resource Routing Calculator to calculate whether it is economic to dispose to landfill or recycle a material.
- Win contracts for projects that specify waste reduction procedures.
- Improve productivity of staff.
- Minimise the effect of hazardous or nuisance wastes on the community by sound management.
- Innovation and challenges (for example, the training and skills required for deconstruction) can help to attract and retain employees who are keen to develop skills.
- A high level of client satisfaction could enhance your company's image and encourage repeat business.
- Improve site safety through better waste management.
- For demolition, reduce risks from hazardous materials due to more careful dismantling techniques and correct removal and disposal (e.g. asbestos).