Title: Recycling of C&D Waste in Belgium: Ongoing research and relevant developments
Authors: Desmyter, Jan *
Vrijders, Jeroen *
Boehme, Luc * #
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: Grada Publihing
Host Document: CESB10 Central Europe towards sustainable building - from theory to practice edition:1st Edition pages:371-374
Conference: CESB edition:10 location:Prague date:30 June - 2 July 2011
Abstract: Recycling of Construction and Demolition Waste in Belgium is a well developed industry, with more than 150 companies. The industry successfully evolved and broadened gradually its action field since the beginning of the nineties. This was feasible thanks to a close collaboration with research bodies, certification organizations and regional authorities. The uptake of recycled aggregates in technical specifications and the legal framework for secondary materials played a key role in this.
Currently, a series of research projects are up and running in order to optimize processing and recycling of C&D Waste streams. One of them focuses on the value chain of C&D waste, and involves a rethinking of all steps which lead to waste (i.e. taking into account construction, (selective) demolition, transport and recycling). A more technologically oriented research aims to look for reuse of fine recycled aggregates in sub-floor applications, and recently, the VALRECON project started up and will look for reuse of high quality recycled aggregates in recycled concrete.
At the same time, changes take place in the legislative field, the certification circumstances and even the standards area. Most of these changes offer new opportunities to the industry, but contain at the same time a number of threats.
In this contribution, an overview of research activities and relevant evolutions in other fields will be given. They may offer lessons and ideas for developments in other European countries.
ISBN: 978-80-247-3624-2 Printed Edition
978-80-247-3633-4 Extended DVD edition
978-80-247-3634-1 Complete edition (printed with extended DVD)
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Construction TC, Campus Bruges
Technologiecluster Bouw
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