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There have been concerns raised about the government’s incentives for recycling construction and demolition waste given the risk of asbestos fibres being released during the process.

The state governnment is offering local governments financial incentives to use recycled construction materials in civil projects including roads, drains and car parks.

The $10million incentive was announced last Sepptember and has been promoted as an alternative to burying waste in landfills, however some industry insiders are concerned about the amount of asbestos that may be in recycled products from old buildings. Asbestos fibres may be released during the concrete crushing process.

According to the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, while there is a risk of asbestos being released during the concrete crushing process, ideally asbestos should be removed before demolition begins, although this is not always the case.


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