A new construction and demolition ecolabel specification has been launched to help reduce the amount of construction and demolition (C&D) waste going to landfill.
Research shows that by weight, the C&D industry is one of the largest waste producers in the country, making up around half of all waste going to landfill. The specification has been developed by the New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust (NZET) and was introduced at the WasteMINZ conference.
A feasibility study by the Trust found that the most significant issue is the amount of C&D material going straight into landfill when it could be reused. NZET General Manager Francesca Lipscombe says the Trust believes the new specification could be a game-changer for waste management in the construction industry.
Through the specification, C&D waste service providers can receive third-party verification and Environmental Choice New Zealand (ECNZ) certification for their projects. This will be a clear signal for consumers and organisations looking to invest in sustainable C&D businesses.
“I believe the specification will drive real, positive change across the industry and support better management of the projected increase in C&D waste in coming years,” Ms Lipscombe says.
To speak with General Manager Francesca Lipscombe about the new specification and the Environmental Choice New Zealand ecolabel please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can also click here to access and read the EC-59 C&D Waste Services specification.