The Open Construction & Building Technology Journal

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Legal Aspects which Implement Good Practice Measures in the Management of Construction and Demolition Waste

The Open Construction and Building Technology Journal, 2011, 5: 124-130

Mercedes del Río Merino , Justo García Navarro , Paola Villoria Saez

Polytechnic University of Madrid. School of Building Engineering, Spain.

Electronic publication date 22/12/2011
[DOI: 10.2174/1874836801105010124]


The construction industry, one of the most important ones in the development of a country, generates unavoidable impacts on the environment. The social demand towards greater respect for the environment is a high and general outcry. Therefore, the construction industry needs to reduce the impact it produces. Proper waste management is not enough; we must take a further step in environmental management, where new measures need to be introduced for the prevention at source, such as good practices to promote recycling.

Following the amendment of the legal frame applicable to Construction and Demolition Waste (C&D waste), important developments have been incorporated in European and International laws, aiming to promote the culture of reusing and recycling. This change of mindset, that is progressively taking place in society, is allowing for the consideration of C&D waste no longer as an unusable waste, but as a reusable material.

The main objective of the work presented in this paper is to enhance C&D waste management systems through the development of preventive measures during the construction process. These measures concern all the agents intervening in the construction process as only the personal implication of all of them can ensure an efficient management of the C&D waste generated.

Finally, a model based on preventive measures achieves organizational cohesion between the different stages of the construction process, as well as promoting the conservation of raw materials through the use and waste minimization. All of these in order to achieve a C&D waste management system, whose primary goal is zero waste generation.

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