This innovative event has been established by a group of international organisations working across policy, research, materials processing and end-use applications, with a focus on optimising the value from CDW materials. The partner organisations are AF Gruppen, CDE, The Sheehan Group, SINTEF and Queen’s University Belfast.
Tara Sheehan, The Sheehan Group and event partner, comments: “The circular economy is a concept in which materials are produced to be constantly recycled or re-used. It requires rethinking of design, planning principles, engineering, retailing, re-using, recycling and consumer adoption of its principles to keep resources in use for as long as conceivable in order to extract maximum value and preserve natural resources.”
The EU Commission is delivering ambitious measures to cut resource use, reduce waste and boost recycling and the drive towards a Circular Economy model. According to the EU Construction and Demolition Waste Management Protocol (Sept 2016), based on volume, construction and demolition (C&D) waste is the largest waste stream in the EU; it represents about one-third of all waste produced.
Adequate management of C&D waste and recycled materials – including the correct handling of hazardous waste - can have major benefits in terms of sustainability and the quality of life. But it can also provide major benefits for the EU construction and recycling industry as it boosts demand for C&D recycled materials.
The Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC aims to have 70 % of construction and demolition waste recycled by 2020. However, with the exception of a small number of EU countries, only about 50 % of C&D waste is currently being recycled.
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