Construction and demolition waste landfilled
The 2.146 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste landfilled in 2016–2017 was about 261,000t more than the amount landfilled in the previous year, and about 1.297 million tonnes more than in 2011–2012.
Construction and demolition waste is non-putrescible (non-rotting) waste arising from construction or demolition activity. It may include materials such as brick, timber, concrete and steel. This waste has potential for resource recovery.
The amount of construction and demolition waste sent to landfill varies widely, affected by building activity (e.g. housing booms, major infrastructure works, and demolitions arising from cyclones and other disasters) and the cost of landfill disposal. Landfill gate fees in Queensland fell following the abolition of the waste levy on 1 July 2012 and higher landfill costs in New South Wales have subsequently motivated a substantial cross-border flow.
Construction and demolition waste sent to disposal from 2007–2008 to 2016–2017. This includes construction and demolition waste disposed of at local government landfills, private landfills and industrial monofills. Regional groupings are combinations of local government areas.
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