This article reviews the rapid growth of the construction industry's recycling sector, as a result of various factors. Recycling and the use of recycled materials are rapidly becoming more important in construction worldwide. The current growth in their use has been stimulated by the 'chance' combination of: (1) legislation by an increasing number of governments to ensure the re-use of materials; (2) rising levels of landfill taxes, making it economically preferable to use on-site recycling facilities; and (3) the depletion of both landfill sites and economically recoverable 'virgin' material. It has been calculated that reclaiming 1km of three-lane highway to 350mm depth will recover 10,500t of potentially recyclable material. It is estimated that, by 2000, Western Europe's waste from demolition and construction will reach 175Mt and 40Mt, respectively. Europe, especially Germany, has the world's most advanced recycling infrastructure, due to a combination of waste-related legislation and environmentally influenced policy decisions, but it could still waste around 200Mt of potentially recyclable material each year. North America is beginning to catch up fast. The latter part of the article describes various examples of materials crushing, recycling, and reclamation equipment on the market.

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    BARNET, HERTS  United Kingdom  EN4 0BU
  • Authors:
    • GAVED, A
  • Publication Date: 1996-6


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  • Accession Number: 00729238
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1996 12:00AM