Problems with mineral wastes

Almost seventy percent of the total waste in Germany is mineral waste. The majority comes from the construction sector. Ash and slag from incineration and metallurgical processes also accrue in large quantities. More than eighty percent of this waste is recycled. And that is where the problem lies: there is no national regulation for the demands on the quality of the waste for recovery. The data sheets elaborated by the Regional Working Group on Waste do no longer apply due to a court order of ten years ago and in the Bundesländer, there are different views about which wastes should be used and which need to be eliminated.

For more than two legislative periods – which means more than nine years – the federal government has repeatedly announced a mandatory scheme – which, because of different views of the relevant Land authorities and the business enterprises involved, has not been realized so far. Since December 2012, a revised draft of the so-called ‘master regulation’ has been available, but industry has argued for a fundamental revision. Obviously, an agreement is still far off.

With this master regulation, the federal government intends to provide an overall concept for the utilization of substitute construction materials while taking into account the protection of groundwater and soil. Furthermore, with the German Resource Efficiency Program ProgRes the federal government wants to boost the acceptance of recycling building materials and to ensure the high level of use of these minerals while complying with the threshold values provided for in the draft regulation.

Such complex issues, which also affect the economic existence of numerous business sectors that depend on recycling, will be discussed on June 30 and July 1 at the Berlin Conference ‘Mineral By-products and Wastes’. Around fifty scientists and practitioners will give lectures on and discuss about legal, economic and technical aspects of the use of ashes, slags and construction debris. Given the high topicality and explosiveness of this issue, about three hundred executives and professionals from the relevant areas are expected – just like in the past year.


Related articles:

Eddy Current separators now also mobile

The Dutch company Goudsmit Magnetic Systems BV recently built a 1500 mm wide Eddy Current separator on a mobile SKID in association with Post Engineering BV (Fig.). These mobile separation systems are...

Issue 2015-03 BRV

25 Years of Building Material Recycling in Austria

It has only been 25 years that in Austria, controlled recycling of such materials in a modern sense is carried out by specialized companies. An anniversarie event on this occasion organized by the...

Issue 2016-11

Construction Materials Recycling in Europe

On September 23, 2016 the European Quality Association for Recycling e.V. (EQAR) held the EQAR Congress on the subject “Construction Materials Recycling in Europe” in Bratislava/Slovakia on the...

Issue 2012-07-08

International Recycling & Recovery Congress – IRRC

The IRRC (11.–12.09.2012) is an international forum for the exchange of information about materials flow management and closed substance cycle. After two congresses in Warsaw, the IRRC now returns to...

Issue 2013-01-02

Berlin Recycling and Raw Material Conference

Executives and experts of plant construction, disposal and raw material management, from science, politics and administration will meet for the sixth time at the Berlin Recycling and Raw Material...