New app saves reusable construction materials


A new initiative is being launched to save building materials from going to landfill across Wanaka and Central Otago.

The concept is based on a marketplace and resource sharing app, called CivilShare, which people can tap into if they have items they want to give, sell, or receive.

Wanaka’s Better Building Working Group is behind the initiative, which ultimately uses technology to tackle the sector’s waste and keep more usable material out of landfill.

CivilShare founder Regan Burke said the app allowed construction companies to do their part for sustainability.

It will also help divert a considerable amount of their waste that would otherwise go to landfill by connecting them to their community, he said.

Users can create a listing on the app of resources, equipment or labour they have available, or set up a notification for a specific item they might want.

About 60 tonnes of construction and demolition material is dumped at the Wanaka Transfer Station each week.

Group spokeswoman Ruth Blunt, of Wastebusters, said anecdotally timber, rubber and insulation were among the items often disposed of.

However, she hoped that would now change.

The building materials that could be passed on were not limited.

She said someone who orders cement but does not need it all could use the app to find out if someone working on another job needed any.

Menz Shed and service groups, along with the general public could also benefit, if they required materials for a project they were working on.

Mrs Blunt said it was up to the person with the material as to whether or not they wanted to sell or donate their product.

“We want to make it easy for businesses and individuals to keep excess construction material in use by passing it on or selling it, instead of landfilling it. CivilShare is designed to do just that,” she said.

She welcomed everybody who was interested in construction, from architects and engineers, to builders, suppliers, tradies and people who enjoy DIY projects to sign up to the app.

People can sign up at or via an app store.

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