A new pilot project to divert construction waste from the landfill is being funded by the Manitoba government.
Through a partnership with the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association and Manitoba Environmental Industries Association, the two-year program will encourage more recycling of construction materials.
Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox says funding of $50,000 for the pilot project will help encourage more recycling by demonstrating the feasibility of recycling new home construction materials, identifying potential cost savings and other benefits.
“Manitoba is committed to the goal of reducing the amount of waste heading to landfills,” Cox said.
Construction, renovation and demolition activities generate about 30 percent of the waste entering Manitoba landfills.
“We are very interested in identifying ways for our members to divert more waste from the landfill,” said Mike Moore, president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.
The pilot project will measure the weight and types of waste materials generated during new home construction, determine the costs of recycling relative to disposal and identify companies capable of recycling construction waste such as shingles, drywall, plastics, cardboard and wood.