The intense activity in the construction sector during the last decade has generated huge volumes of
construction and demolition (C&D) waste. In average, Europe has generated around 890 million tonnes of construction
and demolition waste per year.
Although now the activity has entered in a phase of decline, due to the change of the economic cycle, we don't have to
forget all the problems caused by such waste, or rather, by their management which is still far from achieving the overall
target of 70% for C&D waste --excludes soil and stones not containing dangerous substances-- should be recycled in the
EU Countries by 2020 (Waste Framework Directive).
But in fact, the reality is that only 50% of the C&D waste generated in EU is recycled and 40% of it corresponds to the
recycling of soil and stones not containing dangerous substances.
Aware of this situation, the European Countries are implementing national policies as well as different measures to
prevent the waste that can be avoidable and to promote measures to increase recycling and recovering.
In this aspect, this article gives an overview of the amount of C&D waste generated in European countries, as well as the
amount of this waste that is being recycled and the different measures that European countries have applied to solve this