Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling and Reuse

Construction Sector, CIF (Construction Industry Federation), Local and National Policymakers

16 Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling and Reuse 1Construction and demolition (C&D) waste is one of the heaviest and most voluminous waste streams, and accounts for approximately 25% – 30% of all waste generated each year in the EU (The European Commission). It consists of numerous materials, including concrete, bricks, gypsum, wood, glass, metals, plastic, solvents, asbestos and excavated soil, many of which can be recycled and/or reused.

There is a high potential for recycling and re-use of C&D waste, since some of its components have a high resource value. In particular, there is a re-use market for aggregates derived from C&D waste in roads, drainage and other construction projects. Technology for the separation and recovery of construction and demolition waste is well established, readily accessible and, in general, inexpensive.
The National Construction and Demolition Waste Council, Canal Road, Dublin 6