Recovering Resources – is a sustainable business

City Circle was one of the pioneers of solid waste – or demolition and construction materials recycling -in Victoria. Up until the mid 1990’s, this material, which included concrete, demolition and brick rubble, was needlessly sent to landfills.

City Circle embraced the Zero Waste initiative early on and has made very significant capital investments into establishing Recycling Centres throughout Greater Melbourne. For any recycling endeavour to be viable - it must be accessible to both the generators of solid waste materials and the end users of the recycled products.

It took almost a decade to develop a market acceptance as well as the systems and equipment to turn this material into viable, high quality, certified products that could be used in municipal, residential, civil and infrastructure projects. Where once, councils and major civil contractors would not have considered using recycled materials, today it is very rare for any major construction project not to include recycled construction products into the mix.

Today organisations, from civil and building contractors to municipal councils, extensively use City Circle recycled building materials in their projects.

City Circle has provided classified recycled products to notable projects like the Western Ring Road Freeway (M80), the Westgate Freeway widening project (M1), many new major residential developments and government, municipal and commercial infrastructure projects in Victoria.

This material is generally classified road base and engineered fill material that would have traditionally been sourced from virgin material quarries. As a result, the saving on the environment is broader reaching than simply reducing the solid materials waste stream. In addition, City Circle produces a range of topsoils, soil blends and mulch materials.

With demolition projects, recycling saves money. Where there are significant quantities of concrete and brick rubble material, this can be processed on site and utilised as base or hardstand material for future development work. The savings result from a significant reduction in transport costs. This means there is a reduction in material leaving the site, with a specification crushed fill product being generated on site. There is also no need for a quarry product being trucked in for new development work.

City Circle has always promoted a culture with a strong regard for the environment and has placed considerable emphasis on introducing sustainable practices into its business activities.