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Environment Protection Authority

Environmental Issues

Waste and recycling

Disposing of household building waste

Household building waste cannot go into your council-provided recycling or garbage bins. By law, it is your responsibility to make sure your household building waste is taken to a waste facility that can lawfully deal with construction and demolition waste.

What can you do with your building waste?

Before thinking about disposal, you may be able to re-use or recycle some of the building materials. See House deconstruction (below) for more information.

You may be able to take building waste to your local tip or waste transfer facility, or you may choose to arrange a pick-up service. To find drop-off locations, or find a construction and demolition waste service provider, contact your local council, or visit RecyclingNearYou. For assistance on selecting a reputable recycler, see the Choosing the Right Recycler Guide.

Diverting building waste from landfill

In NSW, approximately 75 per cent of construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfill. Household building waste can be diverted through on-site reuse, or resale and reprocessing of materials such as concrete, bricks and timber.

Steadily increasing waste disposal costs and more environmentally aware consumers provide strong incentives for re-using and recycling construction and demolition waste.

By diverting household building waste from landfill, it is possible to avoid the negative environmental impacts associated with landfill and the waste of valuable materials. Recycling household building waste reduces material extraction, which protects air quality, and reduces water pollution, energy use and habitat loss. Reusing and recycling recovered materials also generates fewer greenhouse gases than the manufacture of building products from new materials.

House deconstruction

House deconstruction is an alternative to house demolition. House deconstruction involves removing and separating building materials and fixtures to maximise the recovery of materials and to minimise the increasingly expensive costs of disposal. Due to the rising costs of landfill disposal and the re-use and re-sale value of many recovered building materials and fixtures, house deconstruction can be more cost-effective than demolition.

The following fact sheets offer tips and advice on how to plan and carry out house deconstruction. They show the income generated and costs avoided by deconstructing buildings in comparison with the costs associated with demolition and landfill disposal.

Tip fees for building and construction waste

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has no role in setting the gate fees charged by waste facility operators. It is the local waste facility’s management that sets gate fees, with the waste levy being only one component of the cost. The waste levy provides an incentive for waste generators to reduce the amount of waste they generate. The funds raised by the levy are used for NSW Government grant programs under Waste Less, Recycle More to provide better waste and recycling infrastructure across NSW.

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Page last updated: 14 January 2015