With construction recycling rates of around 95%, Mirvac has a strong track record – yet to achieve zero waste, we will still need to address that "last five percent"
One way we’re doing this is through new technology, such as the use of modular building methods. The modular bathrooms being installed at Forge Melbourne have eliminated a great deal of waste. These bathrooms are now manufactured in a controlled environment off-site, and only need to be unwrapped and installed once they’ve been delivered.
Similarly, we have already seen up to a 40 per cent reduction in waste on-site for homes constructed using prefabrication technology. Given that we create an estimated 10.78 tonnes of waste per house using traditional methods, this really adds up.
We are also now working towards zero waste-to-landfill trades, starting at some of our terraces in Victoria. Here, we have been collaborating with plasterboard manufacturers to change sheet size for greater efficiency and less waste. Segregated bins are also being provided to encourage on-site teams to recycle plasterboard offcuts more easily. In the future, we plan to apply a similar approach to other trades too.