Tipping scales on building site waste

Early results of the Catalina waste management program, initiated by the Tamala Park Regional Council ( TPRC), have featured almost all building waste recycled into supplies rather than sent to landfill.

An industry first, the program is expected to recycle more than 2500 cubic metres of building waste from Catalina Estate each year. TPRC chairman Giovanni Italiano said all builders who participated were entitled to a $900 per lot rebate.

‘With WA’s rapidly growing population, it’s more important than ever to employ best- practice waste management techniques in order to move towards a low-waste society,’ Mr Italiano said.

Since it started in February 2013, recovered materials have included builders’ rubble such as mixed concrete and bricks, light material (paper and cardboard), clean fill (sand), metal and wood.

TPRC includes the cities of Joondalup, Perth, Stirling, Vincent and Wanneroo and the towns of Cambridge and Victoria Park, and Satterley Property Group is Catalina’s sales agent.

Instant Waste Management collect and recycle construction and development waste, and so far, Homebuyers Centre, Content Living, Celebration Homes, Aveling Homes, Prime Projects, Affordable Living and Built On Construction have agreed to participate in the program.

Instant Waste Management general manager John Miniello said on a per capita basis, WA produced the most waste in the nation, and recycled the least.