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Up until recently, most builders dumped all construction waste together – sand, rubble, bricks, timber offcuts were all collected by a bobcat driver and sent to landfill. However, regulations now only allow disposal of “inert waste” at Class 1 landfill sites, which most builders use. Waste which includes timber is being refused at the gate of landfill sites.

Builders are now required to dispose of timber in other ways, either at Class 2 or 3 landfill sites (which are more expensive), at transfer stations, or they recycle unwanted material. This requires the separation of site rubbish.

Some timber waste may be in a Restricted Movement Zone identified by Agriculture WA. This means that the European House Borer has been detected near a location and that the disposal of timber offcuts outside the Zone is now subject to government legislation.

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