Waste management in the Waitakere NOW Home®

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Construction waste

Every effort was made to use careful design and accurate quantity surveying to minimise waste on the Waitakere NOW Home® construction site. The room sizes in the Waitakere NOW Home® were based on standard GIB® wall lining sizes to reduce plasterboard waste. Framing timbers were pre-nailed off-site to reduce timber off-cuts. 

Off-cuts and other construction waste were sorted on site.  Where possible, materials were re-used, or recycled, and only the remaining materials were sent to the landfill.  Timber off-cuts were used for noggins, jack studs and blocking, and any untreated timber was used as firewood.  Excess polystyrene insulation was delivered to a recycling company.  Plastics (coded no. 1 and no. 2), and aluminium cans, were recycled using the local kerbside recycling scheme.  Clear plastic wrap and ferrous metals were also separated for recycling.


Generating less waste from daily living

Recycling bins under sink, Waitakere NOW HomeRecycling:    Two-compartment, under-bench recycling/rubbish bins - each compartment of at least 15 litres - provided in the kitchen encourages sorting of household waste. Easy access to the garage and adequate space for non-organic recycling bins made recycling an easy option.

Composting:  The Waitakere NOW Home® kitchen has space for 5 litres of organic waste collection.  It has no in-sink waste disposal system as these not only consume a great deal of water but discourage composting and overload the sewerage system.  The rear garden in the Waitakere house, accessible from the kitchen through the garage, has space for two compost bins, handily placed next to the garden shed and at the back of the house. 






Photo: Deborah Dewhirst

Waitakere NOW Home

Waitakere NOW Home®