What’s the best way to recycle the stuff?
Building materials companies have been calling on the government to scrap its current policy of requiring that building materials be recycled.
But the new policy is also facing strong opposition from some major companies, including the leading builder of coastal building material, the Brickyard Building Materials company.
The company says it has been lobbying the government for months on a number of fronts, including “releasing information on the benefits of reusing building materials”.
The company is pushing a new policy, the “Brickyard Building Products (BGP) Programme”, which it says will enable it to sell its products at competitive prices, in an effort to encourage people to recycle their building materials.
It says that, since 2011, the government has “required that building material should be recycled at least 25 per cent of the time” – a target which it believes is “out of step with the realities of the modern building industry”.
The Brickyard has said the current policy is unfair and will damage the industry.
“The government is not making any sense, it is not a strategy that has worked for us, and we’re not going to go along with it,” said the company’s chief executive, Paul Risby.
“It is not sustainable.
It’s not a sustainable approach to recycling.
There is a better way.”
The government has defended the policy.
“Building materials companies are not the only ones who benefit from this policy,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
“As a result, we have an obligation to ensure that building content is reused across the country, which is why we are currently implementing the Brickyards BGP Programme.”
However, the company says the current BGP policy is already in place, and it will be introducing a new version to replace the existing one.
While some of the BGP’s goals are laudable, such as making sure that people are using the materials they are building with, the policy also has some flaws.
BGP says that building “materials should be reused at least” 25 per-cent of the way, meaning that in most cases, the Bgp will only recycle the material in which it has not yet been used.
And this “use-by date” requirement means that people can be required to re-use the same material more than once, even if they have not yet used it.
But there is also a catch.
The government will also be required by law to make sure that the recycling of BGP materials does not “harm the environment”, meaning that the material will not be recycled if it is used in buildings that are already full of toxic waste.
The Brickyards has already spent millions of pounds in lobbying against the policy, with its chief executive saying that the government is “ignoring” the “serious” environmental impact of its new policy.
He added: “The government’s failure to implement its plan to recycle materials is a clear case of political opportunism.”
If you want to recycle your building material but you don’t have access to the right material, you can still do so.
If building materials companies want to keep building materials and other building materials in Australia, they should be using the best products and materials.
We have the resources to ensure they are recycled in the best ways.