If you've been watching demolition progress at the former Cadbury factory, you won't be surprised to see how much material has been removed - 18,689 tonnes (and 1,488 truck loads) in fact - all without any disruption to traffic flow.

To date we've recycled nearly 80% of all material on site which is a fantastic rate and well above our target of 70%.

The 'soft strip out' started a year ago, so a lot of the waste and scrap material was gone before we started the hard demo.  Now you are seeing building structure left which is being taken down in a methodical way and this includes brick, concrete and reinforcing steel.

Hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead paint were carefully taken out by specialist personnel, and then disposed of appropriately by a certified landfill operator.

The concrete has, largely, been crushed onsite by the excavators, before being trucked to local landfill operators, who might sell it as fill to be used on other construction projects, or for reclamation works.  Some of the crushed concrete is being used on site as a pad for "Stretch", the massive 74m high crawler crane assisting with demolition, who still has some work to do to help disassemble the distinctive Cadbury silos. 

Here's what's been recycled so far:

  • Concrete (13,818 tonnes)
  • Steel (939 tonnes, including heavy and light guage, aluminium, stainless steel, rebar etc)
  • Salvage items (32 tonnes, typically old stainless pipework, electrical hardware etc)

Not recycled:

  • Demolition waste (3,698 tonnes, including old carpets, timber, glass etc)
  • Hazardous material (202 tonnes)


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