EnviroSmart program from HVG recycles cladding waste

by Sophie Berrill
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Sydney Water EnviroSmart

HVG Facades has created a program called EnviroSmart to help the construction industry tackle a waste stream that has emerged from the cladding crisis.

Known as the outside ‘skin’ of a building, cladding is used to provide insulation and weather resistance, and to improve the appearance of buildings.

The removal of dangerous combustible cladding like aluminium composite (ACP) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) panels has been crucial for tenant and public safety in recent years – but rectification works have created their own waste problem.

A new solution for non-compliant cladding waste

HVG Facades supplies external wall cladding systems and has now created a new cost-effective program that safely removes and recycles aluminium composite panels.

‘EnviroSmart’ guarantees 100 percent of non-compliant ACP cladding material will be diverted from landfill. 

As an end-to-end solution, the system then ensures that the aluminium and PolyEthylene (PE) core from these panels are recycled in Australia. EnviroSmart offers certified documentation of the entire process in the interest of transparency.

“We will help to stimulate a circular economy that will continue to move away from singular-use products by feeding recyclables back into the manufacturing stage to be reused and recycled again,” explains HVG Facades general manager Stephen Dorrofield.

“We aim to continue to work with manufacturers to determine where the recycled product will be repurposed.”


Aged care facility, Kogarah.

Early results from EnviroSmart

Last year, HVG Facades recycled over 74,000 kilograms of combustible cladding waste recycled through its EnviroSmart program.

To help break that figure down, the benefit of replacing and recycling that level of combustible cladding compares to removing 129 cars from roads and saving the equivalent energy that would power 371 households per year.

In addition, HVG Facades’ EnviroSmart program saw a large water-saving result – equating to approximately two Olympic-size swimming pools. The recycling program also saved space in landfill, comparable to over 3600 wheelie bins.

“At HVG Facades our commitment to sustainability is one of our core business objectives – we aim to minimise any negative impact we have on the environment,” says Dorrofield.

HVG Facades says it seeks out only ethical manufacturers who have proven outstanding environmental credentials, achieved by adhering to strict processes and procedures. 

“The materials we offer provide long-life performance, are low maintenance, and are extremely durable, therefore reducing the overall environmental footprint of the building.”

Educational institution, Melbourne

Educational institution, Melbourne.

Greening recladding 

In addition to recycling and reusing non-compliant aluminium cladding, HVG Facades has teamed up with Carbon Positive Australia to plant trees and help restore the Australian landscape. 

For every qualified project, where non-compliant cladding is removed and recycled using the EnviroSmart program, HVG Facades will donate and plant trees with Carbon Positive Australia.

“As more and more corporations seek ways to conduct business in an environmentally friendly way, recladding with EnviroSmart can help with your own green visibility,” says Dorrofield.

To find out more about booking a recladding project with EnviroSmart, visit the HVG Facades website.

Photography supplied.

Read about fire-safe recycled glass cladding developed by RMIT researchers earlier this year.

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