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Waste & Recyclables

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates that the construction industry contributes approximately 40% of all waste going to landfill. As designers, we have a responsibility to encourage the reduction of waste both during construction and ongoing operations. This category aims to promote the following influential strategies:

  • Designing to reduce waste during construction
  • Identify waste diversion goals
  • Select collection and diversion methods
  • Implement a Construction Waste Management Plan
  • Include waste sorting locations onsite during construction
  • Incorporate waste stream bins with building design including mixed recyclables, soft plastics, organics and landfill
  • Incorporate recycled materials or materials with recycled content within building design