Construction Waste Recycling

Recycling is New Zealand’s Future

New Zealand builders can change how they use materials and manage them across their life to produce less waste reuse and recycle more, divert materials wherever possible and send waste to landfills only as a last resort. The great news is that nearly all common construction materials can be recycled, including concrete, plasterboard, wood, metal, glass, and some plastics.

What Are Some of the Problems?

  • An average of 5 - 6 tonnes of construction waste (new materials) is produced for every average sized 3-bedroom house
  • Construction waste represents 50% of all waste generated in New Zealand
  • Most construction waste is new materials that you have bought and paid for

Time, Money & Effort?

Auckland Builders. It’s easy to recycle your construction waste. No extra time or effort is required. Green Gorilla delivers a service that provides impressive waste sustainability. In fact, we can achieve more than 70% waste diversion. You can concentrate on building, and we’ll focus on recycling. You'll get peace of mind that your company is doing its part for New Zealand’s future and the health of everyone in your community.

4 Construction Waste Minimisation Suggestions

1/. Ordering and obtaining materials

  • Order the correct amount of material
  • Plan for delivery as required to minimise storage time on site
  • Confirm dimensions before ordering materials/components
  • Check all inwards goods against materials collected
  • Use prefabricated materials and components where possible

2/. Storage and use of materials

  • Store materials, so they are protected from the weather and potential damage
  • Confirm measurements before cutting or fabrication
  • Use recycled aggregate for concrete
  • Use recycled steel for reinforcement
  • Return unused materials to the supplier as soon as possible – don’t let them sit on site

3/. Reduce the amount of waste

  • Choose low waste packaging, e.g., gib adhesive in sausages rather than tubes
  • Reuse offcuts, e.g., of gib, timber
  • Use hard wastes such as concrete tiles as fill for paved areas
  • Don’t forget liquid wastes, e.g., plaster and paint wash up 

4/. Before construction starts

  • Ensure all subcontractors are aware of your recycling policies and requirements