Construction and demolition waste landfilled
In 2018–19, 2.21 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste was sent to landfill. This is 385,000 tonnes (15%) less than in the previous year, and about 714,000 tonnes (48%) more than in 2014–15.
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.
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.
In 2018–19, the total amount of construction and demolition waste reported as landfill decreased by about 385,000 tonnes from 2017–18.
Relevant Sustainable Development Goals’ targets
Construction and demolition waste sent to disposal from 2007–08 to 2018–19 financial year. 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.