Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Aiming to Recycle 90% of Demolition Materials

July 2017

They may be under demolition, but the three former government buildings in the Queens Wharf Brisbane precinct will be more than just a memory once they have been brought down to the ground.

A recycling target of 90% is being applied to demolition material recovered from the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane site.
This means that the materials removed from the three non-heritage buildings– 80 George Street, the Executive building and the Neville Bonner building – will be recycled into construction materials for other projects around South East Queensland.

Steel, aluminium, glass and cable stockpiles will go to certified destruction and recycling facilities - while tiles, stonework, concrete and masonry rubble is transported to approved renewable energy and waste management facilities.

“We sort the materials into separate stockpiles on site and then transport them by truck and trailer in 40-60m3 bulk bins to the relevant locations,” said Probuild Project Manager Greg Sneeden.

Recycled materials will be used in a number of ways, including:

  • Steel, electrical cabling, mechanical piping and copper will be turned into other metal products.
  • Glass will be recycled into glass bottles and other glass products. 
  • Tiling and stonework will be crushed and recycled as small drainage and road base material.
  • Concrete rubble and masonry will be processed at the Brisbane Airport development precinct to become engineered platforms, drainage or road base. 

The remaining non-recyclable materials such as gyprock, carpet and fabric lining (approx. 10% of total expected waste), will be separated, loaded and transported to certified destruction and recycling facilities for processing.​​ 

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