Construction and demolition waste recovered or recycled
The amount of construction and demolition waste recovered increased by 59% between 2014–15 and 2018–19, rising from about 1.81 million tonnes in 2014–15 to about 2.87 million tonnes in 2018–19.
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 a high potential for resource recovery.
In 2018–19, the main construction and demolition materials recovered were:
- concrete (1.93 million tonnes)
- asphalt (438,000 tonnes)
- ferrous metal (357,000 tonnes)
- bricks and tiles (73,000 tonnes).
Relevant Sustainable Development Goals’ targets
Construction and demolition waste recovered from 2007–08 to 2018–19 financial year. This includes materials recovered by local governments, private landfills, recyclers and waste handlers. Regional groupings are combinations of local government areas.