At the 20th EU-China Summit in Bejing this week recycling was one of the core topics. Co-operation by the two major world economies is said to cover sustainable strategies, legislation, policies and research. More specifically, it will focus on management systems and policy tools including eco-design, eco-labelling, extended producer responsibility and green supply chains as well as financing of the circular economy. Both sides have pledged that they will support a ‘strategic exchange’ on best practices in key fields such as industrial parks, chemicals, plastics and waste.
This confirms the road China is heading towards sustainability. In January 2017, Xi Jinping announced to spend 252 billion Yuan (US$ 37 billion) from 2017 to 2020 for improving the waste situation in his country.
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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Link to original article of Recycling Magazin
Link to report ‘Mineralische Bauabfälle Monitoring 2014’ of Kreislaufwirtschaft Bau
Link to European Parliament directive
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