The UK Green Building Council significantly cut landfill waste by refurbishing its head office with 98% of the original fixtures reused or repurposed. Photograph: UKGBC
Such measures could bring about a similar shift in mentality within the industry as has been witnessed in relation to health and safety, he argues: “Time is a real pressure when it comes to taking materials down to reuse them, but it’s interesting that time is never an issue for health and safety these days.”
Source: A world without waste: the rise of urban mining | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
Led by Eurogypsum, the Gypsum to Gypsum (GtoG) Project has identified the plasterboard demolition waste market as the major obstacle to creating a circular economy for the gypsum industry. Most buildings are demolished rather than dismantled in the majority of European member states, resulting in unsegregated waste going to landfill with no opportunity to recover recyclable materials such as plasterboard waste. The GtoG Project’s ultimate objectives include establishing a European Handbook of best practices for controlled deconstruction of gypsum systems, a European specification for recycled gypsum, and a recycling target for gypsum waste.
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