The three Rs work in a hierarchy:
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.
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.
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.
- REBRI easy guide to waste reduction - building products [PDF, 434KB]
- REBRI waste reduction - building products [PDF, 811KB]