Around 80 per cent of materials used on some WA building sites can be reused or recycled, Murdoch University students recently found.
Students worked with a construction company who volunteered 3 of their building sites to be assessed. They noted that savings were possible if best practice waste reduction is introduced.
Most waste materials come from the sand and masonry side of construction.
Construction companies in WA have been urged to increase the recycling of their waste because the landfill levy rate has almost doubled from $29 per tonne to $55 per tonne for waste that could decay and increased five-fold from $12 up to $60 per cubic metre for inert waste.
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