5 Tips for Waste Management in the Construction Industry

The construction industry produces a lot of waste, especially demolition operations. According to Australia’s State of Waste in 2016, the construction and demolition industry accounted for 40 per cent of Australia’s total waste generation; this included waste such as bricks, concrete and timber. Additionally, a study in 2016 found that material wastage was the cause of an average of 20-30 per cent of cost overruns in construction projects.

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Working Towards Sydney’s 2030 Zero Waste Target

On 28 August 2018, 23 out of 96 members of the megacity network C40 signed the organization’s Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration. One of those cities was Sydney.

Aside from supporting C40’s global aim of ensuring a healthier more sustainable future, the city council’s move strengthens Sydney’s goal of reducing generated waste and the amount of waste sent to landfills by 2030.

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Case Study: North Strathfield Rail Underpass Project

The North Strathfield Rail Underpass Project (NSRU) was part of a joint Commonwealth and NSW Government project. The goal- to deliver faster, more reliable service on the main rail line that runs from North Strathfield to Newcastle. The underpass replaced the junction at North Strathfield, a point where there was often freight congestion.

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Case Study: MD Equity — Northwest Hospital for Specialist Surgery

The New Northwest Hospital for Specialist Surgery project is a specialist surgery hospital, day surgery centre including medical consulting suites. This project demanded major modifications to an existing commercial office building in Sydney’s North West. All services in the building were being upgraded. A new electrical substation was installed, as well as a back-up generator and four new lifts.

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Global Switch Sydney East Data Centre — Stage 1

The Global Switch Sydney East Data Centre supplies IT infrastructure for multi-national corporations and Australian Government agencies. This facility set a benchmark for environmental sustainability. To reach that goal, the project team were pursuing a Gold Rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

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