When it comes to construction and demolition waste, there is room for improvement in Australia. More circular economy principles (designing for repair, reuse and recycling in the future) could be applied to construction. And more materials could be salvaged before demolition.
Standard excavator to landfill demolition is fast but hugely wasteful of materials. Items like timber framing, timber flooring, doors, windows, bricks, plasterboard, concrete, particleboard, metal, cabinetry, lighting, plumbing and appliances can all be recycled with well-managed recovery. Building owners can also find a salvage option, including reduced tip fees and income from material sales, surprisingly cost effective.
Wren Demolition is one of the few Melbourne teams that prioritises recycling across their demolition services. They offer salvage strip outs of commercial offices, shops, restaurants and factories. They also specialise in hard access areas like multi-floor buildings where machine demolition is impractical. They don’t undertake house demolitions unless machinery cannot get access and partial demolition is required.
Most of the Wren team has trade qualifications, and are experienced in hand deconstruction as well as holding appropriate licences for telehandlers, forklifts, scissor lifts and bobcats.
Owner, Christopher Wren, is a former aircraft welder who moved to demolition salvage over 20 years ago. The Wren family also have a keen eye for antique, vintage and household salvage. As their personal collections grew, Christopher opened Halsey Road Recyclers to on-sell materials and relics. The two businesses combine to provide a high level of practical recycling on every demolition job.
If you’re looking for low-waste demolition in Melbourne, talk to Wren to see what’s possible.