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Benefits of reducing waste


Reducing waste is good for reducing environmental, financial and social/community impacts.

Environmental

  • 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 (noise, dust and traffic) on surrounding properties and streets.

Financial

  • 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.

Social/community

  • Minimise the effect of hazardous or nuisance wastes on the community.
  • 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).