The Government has announced funding for projects in Auckland to help reduce construction and demolition waste.
Environment Minister David Parker says construction is the main source of waste sent to landfill, and much of this could be reduced, reused and recovered.
“Diverting construction waste from landfill is another step towards helping New Zealand become a low waste, low emissions economy,” he says.
Auckland-based Waste Revolution will receive $1.1 million to create a commercial resource and recovery centre to handle waste.
The new centre will sort and store waste materials from the construction, demolition and other commercial industries.
Re-usable material will then be sold back to the construction industry and wider public.
“We expect this project to redirect 3,500 tonnes of waste material each year and create new jobs,” Mr Parker says.
The initiatives will be funded through the Waste Minimisation Fund’s 2020 round, administered by the Environment Ministry.