Concrete is the second most consumed material in the world after water. As a society, we rely heavily on concrete to build things like homes, schools, hospitals and roads. In Australia, the cement industry is also an important contributor to jobs and our overall economy. Unfortunately, it also contributes to 50% of construction and demolition waste generated in Australian landfills.
In the past, the potential benefits of recycled concrete have been mostly overlooked. However, as people become more aware of the damage landfills have on the environment, and with new landfill levies coming into place, more and more companies are finding that it is in their best interests to recycle concrete. Here are five benefits of recycling concrete.
Recycled concrete is cheaper to produce and therefore cheaper to sell.
Before we get into the environmental benefits of recycled concrete, we want to touch on one of the greatest benefits that is often overlooked, recycled concrete is cheaper! Usually, the concrete that is recycled is essentially donated by construction companies looking to avoid landfill levies. This means overheads are low and businesses such as MBR can sell products at a highly competitive price.
Recycling concrete has the potential to significantly decrease landfill.
At MBR, we are passionate about decreasing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. In fact, this is one of the major reasons we exist in the first place. Construction and demolition comprise approximately 40% of Australia’s total waste. Roughly 50% of this waste is concrete. Every tonne of concrete that is recycled rather than going into landfill is benefiting the environment and contributing to a more sustainable future.
Avoid landfill levies and fines by recycling concrete.
In order to encourage the growth of the recycling industry, significant levies have been put in place across the country that make it expensive to dump waste in a landfill, particularly for those in the construction industry. As a result, more construction companies are choosing to avoid landfill fines by disposing of their waste at recycling plants rather than landfills. A new $75 per tonne waste levy will be coming into effect in Queensland in mid 2019. This will make recycling a particularly attractive option for construction companies.
Recycling concrete allows us to preserve precious resources
Another great environmental benefit of recycling concrete is that it allows us to preserve precious resources which are limited and should be preserved as much as possible. Mining new resources such as aggregates has the added environmental cost of exploitation and transportation.
Recycled concrete products are just as effective and high quality as new resources
Aggregates are not cars. Investing in a recycled product will not affect the quality and its ability to do its job. The product you will find at MBR is tried and tested and found to be effective and of a high a quality. Our recycling concrete aggregates will do the same job as your more expensive, brand new materials.
If you believe that making the switch to recycled materials is the right move for your company but you don’t quite know where to start, get in contact with MBR today and we can advise you on how to get started.