Not all businesses are equal when it comes to recycling practices.
Recycling waste products can often save money, but it does take more time and effort. It means adjusting business processes to separate out different types of waste – and finding suitable facilities to recycle it (like ours) or buyers who can repurpose the products.
You shouldn’t assume that the products from your construction site or demolition are going to end up in the right place. If recycling is important to you, it’s always worth asking questions, and doing your research before you choose a supplier to work with.
That’s why this month, we’re highlighting four businesses in the Moreton Bay region that regularly recycle their concrete waste at our facility.
Bunneys Demolition are based on the northside of Brisbane and have decades of experience across large scale construction and demolition projects throughout Queensland. They offer expert commercial, industrial, and residential demolition services, and also sell recycled products and materials for reuse at their recycling yard.
A lot of their work involves the demolition of old houses, as well as sheds, warehouses, shopping centres, and unit blocks.
Bunneys Demolition are passionate about recycling and are committed to salvaging as much material as possible. Many of their customers request 80% minimum recycling to maintain their Greenstar rating, but Bunneys Demolition exceeds this, and have a 90% recycling rate guarantee on all demolition jobs.
Bunneys Demolition process involves:
- Stripping the building of salvageable material (like timber, roof sheeting, steel, windows, doors, and floorboards)
- Processing the various materials at their recycling yard (22 Radley St, Virginia), ready to be sold and reused on future projects/renovations
- Extracting recyclable materials (like metal, concrete, timber, and bricks)
- Taking recyclable materials to recycling plants (like Moreton Bay Recycling) to be crushed and repurposed
Although salvaging and recycling such a large portion of materials is a lot of effort, the team at Bunneys Demolition believe it’s worthwhile. Not just because it matters to customers and it benefits the environment, but because they feel good about the work they do.
Whether you’re a homeowner, property developer, or government body, Bunney’s Demolition have industry-leading expertise (and sustainable mindset) you’re looking for. Follow Bunneys Demolition on Facebook to stay up to date or give them a call to enquire about a demolition job or recycled products for your project.
Jumbo Skip Bins
Jumbo Skip Bins is a Narangba-based skip bin hire company, servicing all industries (including residential and domestic, construction and demolition, commercial, and industrial) throughout greater Brisbane, as well as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Jumbo Skip Bins are used in demolition jobs and on construction sites. For example, builders may use their skip bin to dispose of excess product onsite, wastage due to errors in the build, old materials from a renovation, or old concrete slab.
Choosing a separate bin for your clean concrete waste and bricks means that Jumbo can take your waste directly to a recycling facility, like Moreton Bay Recycling. This ensures maximum resource recovery (ensuring your concrete waste ends up in the right place) and can keep your costs down, too.
Recycling has become increasingly important to Jumbo’s customers, who may need to report on their recycling figures for certification. For example, showing that they used two bins for concrete and one bin for mixed waste can demonstrate that they recycled a certain volume of onsite waste.
Need a skip bin in the Moreton Bay area and surrounds? The team at Jumbo are dedicated to providing each customer with good service at a great price. Whether you’re demolishing an old driveway or you’re constructing a high rise building, contact Jumbo Bins to ensure your concrete is sustainably recycled. Or follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with their latest news.
Harrington Bobcat Hire
Harrington Bobcat & Excavator Hire are a Redcliffe-based excavation and earthmoving machinery provider, operating throughout South East Queensland. With 30+ years experience in the industry and an extensive fleet of machinery, the team are among Brisbane’s top excavation and earthmoving professionals.
Harrington can help with excavation, earthmoving, site clearing, demolition works (big or small), rubbish removal, landscaping, housing development, skip bin hire (via Redcliffe Skip Bins), and more.
But most of their waste actually comes from old house sites. They recycle the concrete, metal, and clean earth from each site. 95% of the concrete ends up at Moreton Bay Recycling.
Owner, Peter Harrington, has found there’s a number of benefits to recycling:
- They can take concrete waste back to the same sites after it’s been recycled into a new, recycled material, like 75mm recycled aggregate or crusher dust
- Recycling ends up costing Harrington’s clients and customers less
- It’s cheaper to separate the concrete waste and recycle it because the cost to dump at Moreton Bay Recycling is lower than general waste
- The actual recycled product they get at the other end is usually cheaper than natural quarry product (and in most cases, it still does the same job in projects)
- Recycling their concrete keeps natural resources in the ground for longer (which also matters to customers)
- Their concrete waste doesn’t end up in landfill
- It supports local jobs
The team at Harrington take pride in their work and offer exceptional customer service and satisfaction. So, if you’re looking for a service that prioritises sustainable practices alongside great customer experiences, give them a call or follow them on Facebook for updates.
David Wright House Removers & Demolition
Founded and run by David Wright, a Master Builder with 39 years combined experience in the building and house removing industry, David Wright House Removal & Demolition are Queensland’s top house removal company.
When it comes to recycling, they class themselves as the best in the business. If a house ticks all the boxes (structurally sound and suitable for removal and relocation), it is removed and fully recycled, rather than demolished. Not only is this process better for the environment (and often saves people money), but it’s very rewarding for David and his team, because someone else’s house becomes another person’s home.
That said, for homes that are not structurally sound or are built on a slab, they’re only suited for demolition. In these cases, the David Wright team recycles as much as possible, including doors, windows, VJs, chamfer boards, door handles, and more. Plus, the concrete slab and footing, as well as surrounding footpaths and driveways.
Anything that can’t be salvaged, reused, or restored is disposed of at a number of recycling facilities around Queensland (depending on the job location), including Moreton Bay Recycling.
Recycling is essential to the David Wright business model and ethos, as it saves customers money, meets consumer demand, and improves sustainability. Their vision is to recycle the whole home – not just the materials in it – by convincing more councils that homes within their shire should be allowed to be removed and restored (a major barrier in some locations).
Need residential or commercial demolition services in Queensland or Northern New South Wales? Or interested in purchasing a home from one of David Wright’s depots? Contact David and the team for the best job and service at an affordable price, or follow them on Instagram or Facebook for updates.
Choose local businesses that recycle!
One of the best ways to make a positive impact as a small business, consumer, or council is to choose businesses that do the right thing. Choosing to work with the businesses featured here is a great start!
But let me encourage you to do your own research and ask businesses about their recycling practices before you buy. You’ll be able to make an informed choice that’s more sustainable – and you’ll likely start important conversations for businesses (that don’t yet recycle), so that they consider changing their practices in the future.
Are you a construction/demolition business in the Moreton Bay region (and surrounds) and want to improve recycling rates? We’d love to be part of that. Drop into our Narangba recycling facility, or give us a call on (07) 3293 4949.
See you soon,
– Hilary Dold, General Manager
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