Waste from construction and demolition (C & D) activities is a large source of waste in New Zealand, yet is often overlooked when people think of waste.
C & D waste may represent up to 50 percent of all waste generated in New Zealand, 20 percent of all waste going to landfill and 80 percent of all waste going to clean-fill.
C & D waste is a complex waste stream, made up of a wide variety of materials including concrete, plasterboard, wood, steel, brick and glass. Much C & D waste can be reduced, re-used and recovered, dramatically reducing the amount thrown away.
The Ministry has developed a range of practical tools for people looking to reduce waste, and save money in disposal cost, these can be found on the REBRI website.
You can learn more by reading our construction and demolition waste Q&A.
Last updated: 12 October 2010