Construction Waste 👷: Decades have gone by and the construction industry continues to grow bigger. And, with that comes the byproduct – waste. What can they do with the waste? Do they need to send waste to landfill or have a better idea where to send it? Read on to learn more.


According to the Australian Government, Australia, as a whole, produced a whopping 19.0 million tonnes of waste last 2008-2009. Years later, it has ballooned to a recorded 20.4 million tonnes (MT) of waste, with 6.7 of it going into Aussie landfills. Imagine the construction industry back then and compare it to now; of course, you would see that buildings and sites today tower over those built a decade ago or so, both by quantity and mass. Construction waste continues to grow in number up to this day, as a result.

Businesses engaged in construction will surely need professional services from a reputed waste management company to handle their waste. With that being said, Waster – one of the said reputed waste management companies in Australia – can surely help. Continue reading the next sections for an extensive talk on construction waste.

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A bit of background on Waster

Waster provides you with innovative solutions for your business’s waste management and recycling needs. Moreover, we provide flexible, 30-day contracts instead of the typical lock-in contracts, which proves to be better for a business. Read our blog on waste management tenders, proving the mentioned statement.

Click on the blue button to learn more about our services and what businesses can avail themselves of for their construction waste and recycling needs.

Needless to say, Waster will extensively discuss below for more information.

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Construction waste: how can the industry and businesses exactly deal with it?

As mentioned above, the construction industry in Australia has certainly grown compared to a decade or two ago. Reasons obviously include the increase in population and need for property development, refurbishing infrastructures and fixing or improving public roads for a better experience at transport.

Australia would surely not want its construction waste going into landfill, so what can it do about it? For starters, the industry should be responsible enough to handle its produced waste. But that became harder to do recently because of China’s waste policy implemented. Named the National Sword policy, China regulated waste imports by banning foreign waste materials and implementing much stricter limits. As a result, Australia found itself in a pinch and was forced to deal with its produced waste (construction waste, of course, included). You can read more about it in our China waste problem blog.

Now, what can Australia’s construction industry and associated businesses do to manage their waste?


Can a landfill levy help?

Our avid readers, time and time again, come to learn about landfill levies and their ‘positive’ effects. But does it truly help deal with construction (or any kind of waste) in general? The answer to that is no. Waste production is still at an all-time high in Australia and a significant amount of it still goes in Australian landfills.

The intention is good but better strategies still need to be researched and developed, in Waster’s opinion. RMIT Australia suggested a better alternative to that – extended producer responsibility (EPR).

The idea originated in Germany in 1991 as a result of a landfill shortage. At the time, packaging made up 30% by weight and 50% by volume of Germany’s total municipal waste stream.

To slow down the filling of landfills, Germany introduced the “German Packaging Ordinance”. This law made manufacturers responsible for their own packaging waste. They either had to take back their packaging from consumers and distributors or pay the national packaging waste management organisation to collect it.

Australia has no specific EPR-driven legal instrument for the construction and demolition waste stream, nor any nationally adopted EPR regulations.

Basically, the construction industry and its associates have to either deal with their own waste or suffer a ‘fine’ of some sorts and pay up for their waste to get dealt with. Although there are no EPR regulations available, initiatives have been done and have impacted the construction waste stream positively.


Construction waste: professional help provided by Waster

Popular opinions (or more of a fact) suggest that the construction industry or construction sites should make sure to handle their waste properly. But without a waste management service, that might seem impossible.

Waster can surely help with that! We provide cost-effective waste and recycling solutions. Whatever construction sites need – skip bins or wheelie bins – we can deliver!

Waster has plenty of available bin sizes for construction, depending on their needs. Our bins usually consist of the following sizes:

For the smaller, rear lift bins:

  • 240-litre bin service
  • 660-litre bin service
  • 1,100-litre bin service

For the bigger, front lift bins:

  • 1.5 cubic metre bin service
  • 3.0 cubic metre bin service
  • 4.5 cubic metre bin service

Watch this video to learn more about Waster’s available bin sizes.

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NOTE: for further questions, reach out to us – below, we provide our contact details.

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How about recycling?

We not only provide general waste services but we also do recycling. In fact, we believe that recycling should go hand in hand with waste management. Not only does it cut business costs, but it also pushes them to save the environment and contribute to sustainability, too.

With that said, Waster works with many recycling or recovery facilities that manufacture recycled products from construction waste such as soil, sand, road base and more.

Construction and demolition waste management and recycling are only one of our specialties and we are very excited to work with Australian construction businesses. As mentioned above, click on the button coloured blue above to view all our services. Or, you could click this link that takes you straight to our waste recycling shop.

Are you interested in our construction waste and recycling services? To contact us, please call 1300 WASTER (1300 927 837) or email us at if you have any further questions.

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