Turning demolition materials into construction products

Many building and construction materials can be reclaimed, processed and turned into useful products for future projects. Photo: Shutterstock
Many building and construction materials can be reclaimed, processed and turned into useful products for future projects. Photo: Shutterstock

It's not just household packaging and products that can be recycled when sorted properly or dropped off at the appropriate collection points.

So long as there's no asbestos contamination, the actual house itself, or any other construction work, can largely be recycled too.

Operating locally since 2004, ACT Recycling is a family owned company located at Mugga Resource Management Centre in Symonston, ACT.

"The company's main operations involve the receival, sorting and processing of construction and demolition waste, for re-use or recycling," a spokesperson said.

"ACT Recycling processes concrete, asphalt, bricks, ceramics, roof tiles, rock, mixed concrete/brick and construction timbers into various high quality products for re-use on building sites, landscaping, drainage and roads."

The accepted list of materials at ACT Recycling also includes virgin excavated natural material (VENM), drilling mud and fluid, general construction and demolition waste and metals.

"To ensure the safety of our employees and that of the environment, items on the prohibited list include asbestos, chemicals and other hazardous substances, any other contaminated waste, tyres, synthetic mineral fibres and food waste. You should refer to the relevant WorkSafe and EPA websites for disposal of these materials."

By using the recycled products that ACT Recycling produces from these recovered materials, "you are contributing to a more sustainable construction industry, reducing landfill and preserving our natural resources.

"In addition to this you are adding credibility to your project and assisting in meeting Green Star ratings."

Plus "ACT Recycling's products have a significant price advantage over the equivalent quarry products, resulting in big savings."

Some of these products include aggregates from 5mm up, asphalt millings, crushed concrete sub-base, crusher dust and brick aggregates for various uses. They also produce recycled hardwood mulch that can be used in landscaping projects.

Visit actrecycling.com.au to find out more.

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