Hospital redevelopment wins WA Environmental Awards for setting new standards in construction recycling
Nov 20, 2012
Joondalup Health Campus has officially been recognised for setting new standards in construction recycling following its recent win at the WA Environmental Awards in the ‘Corporate Business Leading By Example’ category.
Ninety per cent of waste, equivalent to almost 190,000 tonnes, has been recycled since the redevelopment started in 2009. The $393m project, which finishes in 2013, is delivering extensive new facilities for public and private patients.
“We recycle 90 per cent of materials,” said Jay Whitman, project manager at John Holland Group. “This is almost three times the Western Australian industry average for construction and demolition waste.
“We recycle heavy and bulky materials including asphalt, bricks, concrete, metals, plasterboard, plastics, cardboard, paper and untreated timber. This approach has enabled us to divert 190,000 tonnes of waste from landfill and saved $3.7m.”
These efforts were also recently lauded at the Waste Authority WA 2012 Infinity Awards where the JHC redevelopment was a finalist in the business category and received an ‘honourable mention’ from judges.
JHC Chief Executive Officer Kempton Cowan praised the recycling strategy. “We have worked very closely with our construction partners John Holland Group on all aspects of the redevelopment including waste management.
“We are committed to building our new facilities in an ecological, social and economically sustainable way. The John Holland Group has done a terrific job in reducing waste and raising the recycling bar for other projects.”
The redevelopment’s key environmentally friendly initiatives include:
- Plasterboard and gyprock recycled
- Asphalt and other waste products recycled
- Excavated limestone rock reused
- Surplus bricks returned to manufacturer to be used elsewhere
- Foam and plastic cups banned onsite – workers receive reusable cups
- Existing grasstrees and zamia palms removed prior to construction and to be returned on completion
- Paint wash down facility prevents contaminated water going into storm or sewer systems
- Co-mingled recycling bins in worker areas to promote recycling.
JHC Redevelopment Manager Jim Lynton receives the award from Keiran McNamara, Director General of the WA Department of Environment.