Guide

Recycling construction materials

Introduction

The construction industry uses many different types of materials in large quantities. This means there are many opportunities for construction businesses to increase the amount of waste they reuse or recycle.

There are many benefits associated with recycling waste from your construction projects. Recycling waste reduces disposal costs and carbon emissions. It also helps you comply with environmental legislation and restrictions on what can be sent to landfill.

Often the materials used on construction sites are a mixture of virgin materials and those that already contain a level of recycled materials. However, there are simple, yet effective changes you can make to your operations to allow more waste to be recycled.

This guide outlines which construction materials you can recycle as well as how they can be recycled and reused. It also explains some of the more common sources of waste, the limitations of recycling and modifications you may need to make to your site to improve your recycling rates.