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Let’s Climb Another Molehill – An Examination of Construction, Renovation & Demolition (CRD) Waste Reduction in Canada & Associated Greenhouse Gas Emission Impacts

In 2004, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment released a discussion paper that revealed approximately 2.2 million tonnes of CRD materials are sent for disposal in Ontario every year.

The 2006 “Molehill” project, (funded by the Government of Canada Action Plan 2000 on Climate Change, Canada Mortgage and Housing, Public Works Canada, the Region of Peel, New West Gypsum Recycling and Walker Environmental Services Inc.) examined the composition, generation and management practices of construction, renovation and demolition (CRD) wastes and activities, as well as the regulations and markets that affect them.

Research was completed in collaboration with project and site stakeholders from fifteen case studies in the GTA. Objectives included testing the application of on-site Waste Management Action Plans (WMAPs) to determine their effects on project management, specifically relating to waste diversion.

The key outcome of the project was progress towards development of an “on-site” tool, targeted at stakeholders involved in managing CRD activities.

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