Developing best practices on recycling or safe disposal of road materials in Europe - the DIRECT-MAT Project

DIRECT-MAT is a European project (EU 7th Framework Transport Research Programme) aiming to develop best practices on dismantling and recycling or safe disposal of road and road related materials. Partners from fifteen countries work in a 3-year project (2009 – 2011), with a budget of 1.2 million euros, on building a European Web database and drafting best practice guides on DIsmantling and RECycling Techniques for road MATerials (DIRECT-MAT). Potential end users of the results are road owners, standardization experts, road designers, contractors, material producers, researchers, laboratory personal, professional associations, equipment manufacturers and teachers. Several types of materials are addressed: unbound, hydraulically bound and bituminously bound road materials, but also other materials related to road use but not commonly recycled in road construction. These include tyre shreds, sediment from ditches, industrial byproducts and reinforcement materials. The work programme is organised into seven work packages where four packages focus on the various construction materials, one is devoted to the database programming and the remaining two work packages to management & coordination and dissemination. Although many European countries already have acquired experiences in dismantling and recycling road materials into roads, research results are not widely implemented and national documents are not often available to specialists from other countries. In this European project, twenty partners cooperate to build a web database that will provide access to validated guidelines, national document references, harmonised literature reviews and practical application case studies based on jobsite data sets. By gathering all this information and sharing it on a website, the project establishes a benchmark on the best practices for dismantling and recycling or safe disposal of road materials. It also identifies future research needs for improving overall system optimisation, and so the project actively contributes to closer cooperation between research and practice within road material recycling. By reducing the waste disposal associated with roads, it contributes to a more sustainable development in road construction. The purpose of this paper is to describe the concept, objectives, benefits, organisational strategy (data collection, database structure, content, access) and results of the project.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8p
  • Monograph Title: 24th World Road Congress Proceedings: Roads for a Better Life: Mobility, Sustainability and Development

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  • Accession Number: 01519966
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 2840602679
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 18 2014 8:23PM