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I’ve heard that companies allow for ten per cent plus as wastage in quotes. Surely we can do better and make recycling mandatory? How many potential dwellings are going to landfill?

Wally Hueneke, Byron Bay 

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  1. Excellent points you have made . Wastage in the construction industry has always been shocking . Tragically it seems to be getting worse …often the more expensive the build ,the more the waste . This despite the fact that if is mandatory to lodge waste minimisation management plans with DAs . Having worked in construction industry for over 30 years ,the problems are many and complex from uneducated tradesmen with little awareness of the issues to the suppliers ,the architects ,the owners all wanting only the best the newest and the biggest .couple that with council staff having few resources to even police the waste minimisation management plans.

  2. No potential dwellings are going to landfill. You can’t build a regulation compliant house out of off cuts. You don’t want the government mandated poisons and treatments in those government-approved building products getting anywhere near your recycled toilet paper and the like.


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