The government’s waste minimisation fund has announced its biggest-ever grant – $2.5 million – toward recycling demolition and liquefaction waste from the Canterbury quakes.
The money will go toward machinery to sort waste into 10 different products for reuse.
There is an estimated 4.5 million tonnes to be dealt with and the potential to recover up to 1 million tonnes of aggregate, concrete, timber, metal, plaster board and plastics.
"This is the largest ever grant from the fund reflecting the scale of the Canterbury earthquakes’ waste problem,” environment minister Nick Smith said.
“Our objective is to recover as much as is practical without excessively adding to the costs of the earthquake recovery."
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