Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1541..
Housing-demolition for redevelopment
(Question No 350)
Ms Tucker asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:
In relation to the demolition of houses for redevelopment:
(1) How many approvals have been given since the introduction of the Building (Amendment) Act 1999 in September 1999 for the demolition of houses to allow the land to be redeveloped;
(2) Since this date, have all the applicants submitted waste management plans for these demolitions, and if not, why not;
(3) What criteria have been used to assess the adequacy of these waste management plans;
(4) Which recycling facilities are being used for the recycling of waste building materials from these demolitions;
(5) Do all the waste management plans specify that waste be taken to these recycling facilities, and if not, why not; and
(6) What monitoring is being undertaken of the compliance by demolition contractors with these waste management plans.
Mr Smyth: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:
(1) 264 house demolitions have been approved since September 1999.
(2) All applications for demolition of houses since September 1999 have included waste management plans.
(3) The adequacy of the waste management plans are assessed against the information provided in the Development Control Code for Best Practice Waste Management in the ACT (new code). This document outlines the type of building material that can be reused or recycled and for what purpose. ACT Waste aims to ensure that no material that can be reused or recycled on-site or off-site is identified for disposal at the landfills.
(4) The waste management plans indicate that the bulk of the concrete and broken bricks are recycled at the Canberra Concrete Recyclers' site at Pialligo. Limited quantities of concrete, bricks and timber are reused on site. ACT Waste encourages the use of portable crushing plant on-site. The remaining reusables and recyclables are taken to the various recycling agencies identified in the new code.
(5) Every waste management plan submitted must identify what type of material of what quantity would be reused or recycled on-site and if off-site, to nominate that site. If this information is not supplied at the first instance, the applicant is called upon to provide the details before the waste management plan is supported.