An ecolabel specification that will encourage companies to reduce the amount of construction and demolition (C&D) waste going to landfill has been launched in this country.
Launched at the recent WasteMINZ conference, the new specification, EC-59 C&D Waste Services, has been developed by the New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust (NZET).
NZET GM Francesca Lipscombe says the trust believes the new specification could be a game-changer for waste management in the construction industry.
Research shows that, by weight, the C&D industry is one of the largest waste producers in the country and makes up around half of all waste going to landfill.
A feasibility study by the trust also found that the most significant issue is the amount of material going straight into landfill when it could be reused.
Francesca says the trust hopes the specification will encourage more innovative waste management practices within the industry.
She says the specification is a signal for consumers and organisations looking to support sustainable C&D waste services providers.
“There’s been a clear shift in thinking and more people and businesses are looking for services that have a positive impact on the environment and society.”
The specification has been developed over the past 18 months and was made possible through a grant from Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund.
The specification will be awarded on a project basis and cover both domestic and commercial construction and demolition waste.
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This article was first published in the November 2019 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.