How Moreton Bay Recycling Positively Impacts the Environment

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Most of us have a general notion of the importance of recycling and how it helps the environment. But not enough people understand the specifics that can help them genuinely reduce their environmental impact — either as individuals or as a business.

So, as a recycling company, we wanted to shine a light on some of the specific ways we (and by extension, our customers) have a positive environmental impact 🙌

6 Ways MBR Improves Environmental Sustainability

1. Recycling Waste for Less LandfillMoreton Bay Recycling’s environmental impact: less landfill and more green space.

In 2018-19, 2.21 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste went to landfill in Queensland. Though this number reflects a significant decrease on the previous period, it’s still too much. Many C&D materials can be reused and repurposed, but once they end up in landfill, they no longer contribute any value to our economy and instead take up significant amounts of space in our landfills. 

Moreton Bay Recycling is helping to reduce the environmental impact of construction in the local area by bringing down the volume of C&D waste going to landfill. We save an estimated 153,498 tonnes of concrete waste from landfill every year — and get more value from the concrete materials that have already been produced. 

2. Recycled Product for Reduced Quarrying

Moreton Bay Recycling’s environmental impact: fewer quarries and more untouched bush.

Records show that in the year ending June 2022, 52,038,437 tonnes of quarry rock were extracted from mines throughout Queensland. These types of operations are necessary — we need resources to build roads, construct houses, and more. But at the same time, they have a significant impact on the natural environment, often disrupting native flora and fauna. 

Because Moreton Bay Recycling offers our concrete aggregates as an alternative to quarry products, we help lower demand for granite, sandstone, and other materials used in construction projects. By our calculations, we help preserve at least 152,933 tonnes of natural resources per year, while reducing associated transport, noise, and air pollution.

3. Ensuring 99.9% of Waste is Recovered

Moreton Bay Recycling’s environmental impact: fewer resources wasted and stronger circular economy.

The problem with many waste recovery facilities is that there’s no guarantee that your waste will be reused or recycled, making the most of precious resources. That’s why Moreton Bay Recycling has made a commitment to ensure that 99.9% of the waste that enters our yard will be recycled. 

To meet our commitment, we’ve invested in equipment that allows us to extract and recycle the metal reinforcing from concrete slabs. We use two magnetic conveyor belts that pull out as much metal as possible, recycling an estimated 638 tonnes of steel per year. We’ve also invested in excavators and a rock breaker to enable us to process larger volumes and pieces of concrete. On top of this we carefully monitor all the waste that goes in our yard, educating our customers on what is and isn’t suitable for recycling.

4. Local Means Reduced Carbon Emissions

Moreton Bay Recycling’s environmental impact:lower carbon emissions and efficient local transport.

An important consideration for any business that’s involved in transporting goods and services is their carbon footprint. One of the best ways to minimise fuel usage and carbon emissions is to source products locally. 

Moreton Bay Recycling helps to reduce carbon emissions in several different ways:

  • We’re the only concrete recycling facility in Moreton Bay City, centrally located to many of the region’s building and construction projects (so our customers don’t have to travel far)
  • We process our waste onsite (no transfers)
  • Customers can pick up fresh product in the same trip after dropping off their waste
  • Jumbo Skip Bins (in partnership with MBR) can deliver waste skips to multiple locations in one trip (and even deliver our recycled concrete products in your skip), which minimises transport, fuel, and emissions
  • The ASPIRE project calculated that our reuse of concrete, soils, and sand saves 41,415 tonnes of CO2 every year (that’s the same as growing 683,806 trees for 10 years!)

And as an added bonus, many of the above points also mean our customers save time and money. Learn more about the benefits of recycling your concrete locally.

5. Careful Site Management for Lower Environmental Impacts

Moreton Bay Recycling’s environmental impact:less dust & noise and responsible site management.

Environmental impact is an important consideration for any site management plan. Here are a few ways we manage our facility to minimise negative impacts on the environment:

  • We use water trucks and 150 m of sprinkler systems to reduce dust in the air
  • We collect rainwater to use in our water trucks and sprinklers
  • We stop concrete waste leaving the site via truck tyres with an onsite washout facility
  • We also have an onsite concrete pump and agitator washout station
  • The water from this station (and slurry) is recycled
  • We crush concrete at night to minimise dust and noise impacts 

Not only that but our products are often used by customers to support good environmental management practices on their worksites. For instance, our crushed concrete can help to keep mud and dust down on busy construction sites, and can be used to improve drainage and reduce soil loss.

6. Keeping it Affordable for Small Business

Moreton Bay Recycling’s environmental impact: great value alternative and doesn’t cost the earth.

Too often, the more sustainable or socially responsible option is more expensive. At your local retail store, anything labelled ‘eco-friendly’ will probably have a premium markup applied.

But with recycled concrete, that’s not the case at all. Moreton Bay Recycling offers an option that’s both more affordable and better for the environment, saving customers anywhere from $25-$86 per tonne (based on comparable products available at local landscaping yards). Not only that, but our concrete disposal is 46% cheaper than the council tip.

We remove the cost barrier, making it easy for even small businesses to make better choices and have a positive environmental impact. And by extension, we help to make more local development projects more environmentally sustainable. Just some of the projects we’ve contributed to include the Bruce Highway Upgrade at Deception Bay, the New MBRC Depot at Boundary Road, the Bunnings & Homemaker Centre at The Big Fish (Elimbah), Unity Water’s Morayfield Depot, and many more.

Switch Your Impact to Positive

Keen to switch your environmental impact to positive? If you’re not already recycling concrete with us or making use of our recycled products, we’d love to help you make the switch. 

Reach out to our team with any questions or come and find us at 171-177 Potassium street, Narangba.

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