Each year, the construction and demolition industry creates 1.7 million tonnes of waste – making up 60% of total landfills. So much of that waste is recoverable, recyclable, and unnecessary. No one cares more about solving that problem than Dr. Terri-Ann Berry, Associate Professor at Auckland’s Unitec and the co-founder of the Environmental Solutions Research Centre and the aptly named Sustainable Construction Avengers. The centre works with students, industry, and scientists to tackle waste at its source and solve intractable problems such as the mounting pile of plastic that comes from construction sites.

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