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Recovering valuable resources for the rebuild of Christchurch from the deconstruction process

Christchurch was hit by a second major earthquake on 22 February 2011. This quake
destroyed much of the CBD and large parts of the eastern suburbs. In the worst case, the
city is faced with demolition of possibly around 1000 CBD buildings, up to 500 commercial
buildings outside the CBD, and perhaps 10,000 houses.

Burwood Resource Recovery Park Limited (BRRP) was established urgently to manage the
receipt and resource recovery processing of mixed demolition material from Christchurch’s
earthquakes, to deliver an immediate and low risk solution that will address the enormous
scale of the project, as well as deliver best value from safety, economic, environmental and
cultural perspectives.

The operation was initially developed by Christchurch recycling service provider Waste Management NZ Ltd, working in partnership with Christchurch City
Council (CCC) and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA).

The BRRP company is now under the ownership of Transwaste Canterbury Limited
(Transwaste). Transwaste is a joint venture between Waste Management and five Canterbury
Councils (Christchurch, Ashburton, Selwyn, Waimakariri and Hurunui), and owns Kate Valley
Landfill which takes all municipal solid waste from the five Council areas. The operation is
establishing a state-of-the-art resource recovery plant at Burwood.

Around 4.25 million tonnes of demolition material is expected from the demolition of
buildings. The “clean” concrete and brick rubble is likely to go to Lyttelton Harbour
reclamation project and other sites, as it will require only minor processing. The mixed
demolition material which requires major processing to be separated into useful components,
is expected to be taken out of the city to Burwood Resource Recovery Park (BRRP).

Transwaste, along with its Council and Waste Management  partners, is committed to maximising the
recovery of resources from the demolition and deconstruction. This is to uphold its valued
environmental and sustainability principles, and to ensure that adequate suitable materials
are on hand for the rebuild of the city.