Bristile Roofing wins Infinity Awards

Bristile wastes no opportunity to make its mark on recycling

In business, never let an opportunity go to waste. Customer unhappy with a roofing tile delivery that didn’t happen? Sort it out, and sort it out fast with the expected high degree of professionalism. People – customers – have long memories. Do the right thing and watch the recommendations and referrals flow.

The same applies to how you deal with waste materials generated during building and construction. It’s not enough to claim that your organisation is ‘waste-wise’; you have to be seen to be doing something about it. So, when it comes to the recycling of construction waste, Bristile Roofing is on the front foot. The company’s forward-looking, forward thinking business philosophy has won public recognition in its home state of Western Australia.

Free waste disposal service

A major player in the supply chain, Bristile Roofing is making its mark in environmentally sustainable building practices with a free service that reclaims roofing tile offcuts at construction sites. These can then be recycled and re-used at the firm’s Caversham tile manufacturing facility. Currently, the service is offered to selected clients with projects that create large volume waste, although in due course all clients across the state will be able to take advantage of the scheme.

Infinity Awards winner

Like many other organisations, the company is a strong supporter of the Western Australian Waste Strategy, so it’s pleasing to see that Bristile Roofing was recently awarded joint winner in the business category of the 2016 WA Infinity Awards. These recognise waste reduction and recycling efforts across the state by individuals, business, local/regional government and State Government agencies and community organisations.

The waste puzzle

Construction waste generates 40 per cent of Australia’s total waste, although this is just one element in the overall ‘waste puzzle’. The building sector has the highest recovery rates at approximately 60-80 per cent, because the waste materials are more homogenous (timber, metal, concrete), are heavy and therefore costly to landfill (and responsive to levies), and can be sold in large volumes back into robust construction markets. New star rating systems are also being introduced for building refurbishment and demolition. (Source: Mike Ritchie, MRA Consulting)

Separating non-commercial waste from recyclables is of particular benefit for builders and tradies (reducing landfill costs) and, also for Bristile Roofing because it creates materials for re-use, as well as saving on energy and production costs. But, let’s not get ahead ourselves. According to the latest National Waste Data Report 2014, each year Australia generates a total of 48 million tonnes of waste across every category. This should come as no surprise in view of the nation’s population, which hit 24 million in February 2016. Yet, recycling is growing at a faster rate than ever before; since 2005, we’ve actually seen a decline in the amount of waste sent to landfill in the most progressive states, although we still lag far behind many European states.

The bottom line

Helping to explain the push to recycle is the increase in landfill levies – the taxes paid by all companies and councils – for waste sent to landfill. These are intended to price the unintended externalities of landfill and to provide a price signal to promote recycling over landfilling. According to Mike Ritchie of MRA Consulting, the effect of the levies has been to drive waste costs for most companies from one per cent of operating costs towards 2-3 per cent. While these are small numbers they equate to a significant hit on EBITDA and profit. The landfill price rises are driving resource recovery infrastructure investment and reform.

Bristile Roofing’s commitment to working with the industry to recycle tile waste is helping to change the attitudes and behaviour of tradies and roofing specialists towards waste and recycling.

Source separation – here’s how it works

Step Explanation
1. Deliver stock to site At the same time, we also deliver a number of Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC), stackable containers. Depending on the size of the job, this could be two to three.
2. Fill bins Roof tilers/installations teams fill bins with onsite tile offcuts/waste, keeping the site clean. They also prevent contamination of the bin from unrelated trade waste, which helps with the recycling process.
3. Collect bins Once roofing is complete, Bristile arranges collection of bins/empty tile pallets, returning them to the Caversham factory.
4. Stockpile, then commence preliminary crushing When the factory stockpile reaches the required size, crushing commences which produces tile pieces from 10mm to 20mm
5. Prepare clay mix Tile pieces are added to the clay mix (approx. 4.5% of total volume), including other materials, which are run through the roll tooth crusher, hammer mill and rolls.
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