Construction and demolition waste is among the largest waste streams in the EU by weight - about one third of the waste generated. The collection of aluminium construction products is lucrative in this regard. This is also underlined by European Aluminium's first case study.
The building that is the subject of the study is an office building in Germany. The deconstruction of the building's outer shell was completed in 2020. In order to calculate the collection rate of aluminium building products, an inventory was carried out by SGS Search prior to the deconstruction in January 2020 to estimate the aluminium content in the building's outer shell. To calculate the collection rate, this estimated amount was then compared to the amount of aluminium collected by the recycler after deconstruction.
The outer shell of the building contained more than 28 tonnes of aluminium in total, including both extruded profiles and flat products. During the dismantling of the building, 98.3% of the aluminium contained in it has been collected and sent for recycling to produce new aluminium products.
“The collection of aluminium building products reaching their end-of-life is of paramount importance since it allows to recycle high quality aluminium into new products, limiting the extraction of new resources and contributing to the reduction of waste coming from the Building & Construction sector, currently representing the largest waste stream in the EU in terms of mass”, says Benedetta Nucci, Environmental Manager – Building & Mobility, at European Aluminium.
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