Construction and demolition waste (CDW) is one of the heaviest and most voluminous waste streams generated in the EU.
CDW accounts for a large portion of all waste generated in the EU and consists of numerous materials, including concrete, bricks, gypsum, wood, glass, metals, plastic, solvents, asbestos and excavated soil.
Different definitions, metrics and standards are applied throughout the EU, which makes cross-country comparisons very difficult.
CDW has been identified as a priority waste stream by the European Union, as there is a high potential for recycling and re-use on most of the materials.
The demolition industry produces most of the CDW, so the industry is actively involved on processes for the regulation of the waste management activities.
Right now, the European Union is considering the modification and update of several regulations related to waste management (list of waste, classification of hazardous waste, waste framework, recycling goals,…).
EDA is working on a global survey, at international level, about the current situation and challenges for the industry, to provide with information and best practices on waste management to the Directorate General for the Environment of the European Commission.
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