The European Parliament determined in Article 11(2b) of their directive on waste and repealing certain directives of 19 November 2008 that ‘by 2020, the preparing for re-use, recycling and other material recovery (…) of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste (…) shall be increased to a minimum of 70 % by weight.’
In Germany the initiative „Kreislaufwirtschaft Bau“ exceeded already the ambitious European utilisation goals by far. Michael Basten, chief executive of BBS – German Association for Building Materials, Non-Metallic Minerals Regd., announces ‘today mineral construction waste is almost entirely recycled and kept in the cycle of materials. This takes pressure of landfills and preserves primary raw materials. In the meantime over 12% of the demand for aggregates are covered by recyclable construction materials. Of the 202m tons mineral construction waste, accrued in 2014, 180.8m tons (89.5%) have been recycled environmentally compatible.’
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