The public comment period for this standard is now closed. An updated version of the standard will be published shortly.
Panel boards are used largely as a means of lining in construction, as well as several other applications such as interior screens and parts of furniture. In Australia, approximately 30% by weight of resources disposed of in landfills is construction and demolition waste. A significant proportion of this waste is comprised of panel boards.
Hence, this standard seeks to minimise the end-use phase’s impact through rewarding products that use less material, maximise recyclability, minimise hazardous ingredients/contaminants, and use environmentally preferable materials sourcing.
This standard applies to a range of panel board products used for interior fit-out applications such as interior panelling and as a component of furniture. This includes:
Edge glued panels
Plasterboard or gypsum board
Boards made from plastics and other polymers, textile fibres, metals, glass, mineral fibre, fibreglass, engineered timber and natural fibre products
On 15 March 2021, in collaboration with Edge Environment and the Global Product Stewardship Council, GECA was awarded a grant by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to tackle the issue of commercial office furniture going to landfill. The group will use the funding to design a product stewardship scheme that will help reduce the estimated 30,000 tonnes of furniture – much of it in perfectly good condition – that ends up in Australia’s waste stream each year.Read More See all news
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