Buildings that can be made from recycled materials from around the world, such as recycled plastic bottles, paper towels, and glass bottles, will be used in many of the world’s new high-rise buildings, according to a report by the National Centre for Sustainable Building Materials (NCCSM).
The centre’s research, commissioned by the UK government, has revealed that the materials can be used to make almost all of the building materials needed in high-rises in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, including in a range of new buildings that will be built on a new runway at Sydney Airport in 2018.
“The majority of the material is already being used in buildings around the country, and that’s where we think we can make the biggest contribution,” said Paul Johnson, a NCCSM senior research fellow and lead author of the report.
“What we are seeing is the most cost-effective way of building buildings using recycled materials.”
“We are seeing that the use of recycled materials is a big opportunity,” he said.
“This research shows the benefits of using the material in new buildings, but also the challenges.”
Building materials recycled from around a world of the future The report looked at what material would be most effective in the future to build high-end buildings, and what the potential impacts on the environment and human health would be.
The most commonly used materials are plastics, glass, and concrete.
The report also looked at how they were used in other building materials in different regions, such the US and Europe.
“One of the things that we have seen is that there are huge demand for materials that are very cost-efficient, that are not only environmentally friendly, but that are also environmentally sound,” Mr Johnson said.
These are materials that could be used for buildings of the 21st century, such high-density buildings that require a large amount of space and can’t be built with traditional materials.
“That is the key,” he added.
A report on building materials from the NCCM’s new research found that the majority of building materials used in the building industry in Australia are recycled.
“It is a very good news report,” said Ms Dolan.
“There is a great opportunity for building materials across the globe, which are being used for a range, not only new buildings but also for buildings for buildings in the near future.”
The report comes at a time when the Australian Government has been looking at ways to reduce the use and increase recycling in Australia.
Last year, the government released a report saying that “Australia’s waste stream is already at record levels, with more than 7 per cent of our total landfill being recycled”.
A further 1.4 per cent is recycled through recycling plants, while the rest is recycled directly from the landfills.
The NCCSSM has recommended that Australia’s government focus on the use or reuse of waste, and not on the recycling of materials.
But the government has been criticized for not prioritising this priority in its new National Waste Strategy.
“We need to think about recycling more of what we waste,” Mr Brown said.
Building materials that will only be recycled at the end of their useful lives are not being used as much in Australia as they could be, he said, adding that the report highlighted the importance of getting recycled materials out of the landfill.
“People are using materials from landfill as well, but it is not being recycled as much as it could be,” he explained.
“So I think we have to consider that waste is being recycled, and we should do it on a long-term basis.”