This article was jointly prepared and published by Associate Professor Vivian Tam and Adjunct Fellow David Chandler – Construction: SCEM Western Sydney University.

dc-post-imageDespite the green claims industry makes about the growing amount of the waste it creates being recycled, there is no avoiding the fact that this waste costs consumers who have no hand in avoiding it in the first place. But the bigger the downstream waste industry gets, the more profitable it is for their shareholders. It all seems a bit perverse.

Australia is one of the ten worst offenders in the OECD when it comes to generating solid waste. The construction industry is a leading contributor.