Recycling in Construction: Protecting Our Environment

World Environment Day

2019 is fast becoming the year of change! We’re slowly coming around to the idea that the protection of the environment is everyone’s business. On construction sites, making the conscious decision to reduce waste and reuse items in your next project should be top of your to-do list.

Environmental Impact

400 million tonnes of resources are needed to meet the demands of today’s construction industry. And it’s showing no signs of slowing down. This increasing demand will ultimately result in the loss of biodiversity and an increased impact on the natural environment. We’ve outlined the stages of a building material’s lifecycle to help you learn more about what impacts each stage has:

  1. Extraction Stage
  2. Manufacturing Stage
  3. Construction Stage
  4. Application Stage
  5. Destruction Stage

The extraction and manufacturing stages are said to have the largest instant impact on the environment, and the destruction stage is linked to a spike in waste disposal issues. Construction and application of materials are thought to be the least impactive stages of a material’s lifecycles, however an increase in recycling resources will significantly lower the effects across the entire lifespan of materials.

But what materials on site are recyclable?

  • Bricks, Concrete and Asphalt – these materials are crushed and used to produce new asphalt and concrete;
  • Wood – Clean wood can be reused in other parts of a project, alternatively most wood can be recycled for the creation of energy
  • Metals & Plastics – a lot of metals and plastics can be melted and moulded into new products/materials. Recycling Metal & Plastics is also much more energy efficient than creating new metal from raw materials

As a supplier to some of the leading building and infrastructure projects across the country, VJ Technology takes impact on the environment very seriously. We understand the negative impact that waste can have and are keen to work with our customers and suppliers to find solutions to reduce it. We firmly believe that if all parties acknowledge the issue and work together we can make a positive impact in reducing the volume of construction waste the sector is producing and create a more sustainably-built environment.