Following the introduction of an innovative measure by Pioneer Construction Materials the level of excess concrete returned from construction sites by in Queensland has halved.

Pioneer is the first building materials company to introduce this type of environmental initiative which involves charging an environmental disposal fee for any concrete returned by Pioneer. Keith Murphy, the company’s risk manager, says he was encouraged by the dramatic reduction in waste since the program was implemented. “As waste generated from the construction industry is a significant percentage of the total waste that goes to landfill, this result is a win-win situation for both customers and the environment,” he says. “As waste generated from the construction industry is a significant percentage of the total waste that goes to landfill, this result is a win-win situation for both customers and the environment.

“Prior to April, typically three to four percent of Pioneer’s total concrete production was returned from construction sites. The majority of the returned concrete was disposed as landfill. The immediate impact of the initiative was that customers started measuring up their jobs and ordering their concrete more accurately. This has translated into savings for customers as they no longer pay for excess concrete.”

Source: Building Products News.