Project Fact Sheet (315Kb, Nov 2018)
A holistic national approach is required to handle the growing issue of construction and demolition (C&D) waste management in Australia. Through this project, the discrepancies and inconsistencies related to C&D waste management regulations in each jurisdiction will be identified and recommendations for harmonising reforms made. The project will also develop a case for creating a marketplace to trade waste across sectors and jurisdictions. The project will deliver an innovative integrated supply chain model based on a cradle-to-cradle (lifecycle) approach that will streamline C&D waste management processes, while effectively reducing/reusing/recycling C&D waste. A key deliverable will be recommendations to aid national harmonisation of the economic factors and drivers/barriers that govern C&D waste management in a market-driven economy.
This project will promote a national understanding and recommendations for harmonisation of economic drivers across jurisdictions governing the disposal and reuse/recycling of construction and demolition (C&D) waste.
The specific objectives are to:
- Review regulations and their application in practice in different jurisdictions governing C&D waste management, identifying discrepancies and making recommendations for reforms.
- Develop a consistent approach to define and measure C&D waste across different jurisdictions.
- Identify economic factors that govern the disposal and reduce/reuse/recycling of C&D waste.
- Conduct a feasibility study on creating a marketplace to connect organisations and industries across jurisdictions for trading waste.
- Identify opportunities to integrate supply chains and develop an integrated supply chain lifecycle model espousing a cradle-to-cradle approach.
The project deliverables will:
- Provide recommendations for the national harmonisation of C&D waste management regulations to improve industry practice.
- Support a consistent and clear understanding of what is defined by the terms ‘waste’ and ‘resource’ which will help industry to conduct business across jurisdictions more efficiently.
- Inform a market-driven approach to C&D waste management, by identifying governing economic factors and drivers/barriers for organisations to reduce or reuse/recycle C&D waste.
- Develop case studies to highlight the benefits of an integrated supply chain approach.
- Provide a feasibility analysis on the creation of a marketplace to trade C&D waste.
Documents for Downloading
The following documents provide additional detail regarding this current research, including project outcomes to date:
Report 1: Identifying the economic factors and drivers that govern the disposal and reduction/reuse/recycling of Construction and Demolition waste (3Mb, August 2019)
Report 2: Discrepancies in regulations governing C&D waste and recommendations for reforms (2Mb, Jul 2019)
Report 3: Developing a consistent approach to define and measure C&D waste across different Australian jurisdictions (1Mb, Jul 2019)
Full Video – A National Economic Approach to Improved Management of C&D Waste (4:45)
Short Summary Video – A National Economic Approach to Improved Management of C&D Waste (2:40)
Construction and Demolition Waste Management in Australia: Review of Differences in Jurisdictional Regulatory Frameworks, CIB World Building Congress, Hong Kong, 17-21 June 2019 (380Kb, Jun 2019)
Development of a domestic market for construction and demolition waste in Australia, page 8-17, 43rd AUBEA Conference, ‘Built to Thrive: creating buildings and cities that support individual well-being and community prosperity’, 6-8 November 2019, Noosa, Australia.
Green construction and construction and demolition waste management in Australia, page 18-25, 43rd AUBEA Conference, ‘Built to Thrive: creating buildings and cities that support individual well-being and community prosperity’, 6-8 November 2019, Noosa, Australia.
Article: We create 20m tons of construction industry waste each year. Here’s how to stop it going to landfill, The Conversation, 12 July 2019
Article: Closing the Loop on C&D Waste, Inside Waste, August 2018 Issue
Landfill Levy Imposition on Construction and Demolition Waste: Australian Stakeholders’ Perceptions, Sustainability Open Access Journal, 2 June 2020 (1Mb, Jun 2020)
Review of energy recovery from construction and demolition waste in Australia, Journal of Construction Engineering, Management & Innovation, 2019 Volume 2 Issue 3, Pages 112-130 (390Kb, Jun 2019)