“Towards sustainable plastic construction and demolition waste management in Europe”

From 24 April 2006 12:00 until 24 April 2006 17:00

APPRICOD European Workshop

Towards Sustainable Plastic Construction and Demolition Waste Management in Europe

24 April 2006

Brussel, Flagey Building

As part of the Life project "APPRICOD" (Assessing the Potential for Plastic Recycling in the Construction and Demolition Activities), funded by the European Commission, ACR+, IBGE-BIM and all the project partners held a European Workshop on 24 April 2006 in Brussels.

Based on concrete experiences, the workshop tackled issues such as

  • How to optimise the selective collection of plastics from C&D waste ? What are the different plastics involved and how can they be recognized, what are the requirements for plastic recycling, which plastic fractions can be collected together ?
  • What are the recycling opportunities and constraints ?
  • What costs and benefits are associated with a selective collection system for plastic C&D waste ? Is it worth it ?
  • What are the opinions and perspectives from the main stakeholders : C&D sector, Plastic industry, Recyclers, Local and Regional Authorities, etc. ?
  • What conclusions and recommendations can be made for the future ?
  • What are the legal, technical and financial needs ?
  • How can the plastic C&D waste issue be integrated into a broader resource-product-waste approach ?

The workshop was primarily intended for

  • Construction and demolition actors (federations, construction companies, researchers, etc.)
  • Public managers, especially from local and regional authorities
  • The plastics industry (federations, companies, researchers, etc.)
  • Academics


Proceedings are available on the APPRICOD website

  • 9H00 Registration of participants
  • 9h30 Introduction and welcome speech by Evelyne Huytebroeck, Minister of the Environment of the Brussels-Capital Region
  • 9h45 European waste prevention and recycling strategy - Christopher Allen, Policy Officer, DG Environment, European Commission
  • 10h15 Initiatives for a sustainable plastic C&D waste management in Europe (1st part)
    Introduced by Jan Desmyter, BBRI - Belgian Building Research Institute
    - The case of Austria - Christian Pladerer, Head of the Department for Resources Management, Austrian Institute for Applied Ecology
    - The case of The Netherlands - Hans Telgen, General Manager DYKA Plastic Pipe Systems
  • 11h00 Coffee break
  • 11h30 Initiatives for a sustainable plastic C&D waste management in Europe (2nd part)
    - Karin Arz, General Manager ROOFCOLLECT - Recycling System for Thermoplastic Membranes
    - Xavier Lhoir, Project Manager - Clean Site System, VAL-I-PAC
    - Richard Gielen, Secretary general PVC INFO - The Recovinyl initiative
  • 12h45 Lunch
  • 14h15 Pilot projects at local and regional level (Life project “APPRICOD”)
    - Presentation of pilot projects in local and regional authorities (Catalonia, Brussels Capital Region, Provincia of Ancona, region of greater Porto) - Barbara Dewulf, Advisor, IBGE-BIM - The Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment 
    - Example of three pilot projects held in Brussels (Edimbourg, Ambassador’s house and Atomium), Bart Van Wieringen and Hugues Michaux, Besix-Jacques Delens 
    - Conclusions and recommendations - Olivier De Clercq, Project Manager, ACR+ - Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and for sustainable Resource management
  • 15h00 Coffee break
  • 15h15 Stakeholders’ opinions for future developments
    Moderator: Kit Strange, Director, RRF - Resource Recovery Forum 
    - Alexandre Dangis, Managing Director EuPC - European Plastics Converters
    - John Goodall, Director Environmental Affairs, FIEC - European Construction Industry Federation 
    - Francis Radermaker, Executive Secretary, ACR+ 
    - Bernard Merkx, President EuPR - European Plastics Recyclers Round table discussion and debate with the public
  • 17h00 Conclusions - Jean-Pierre Hannequart, Director General IBGE - BIM and President ACR+
  • 17h30 End of the Workshop
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For more information, visit the APPRICOD project website

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