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Construction and Demolition

​Construction and demolition (C&D) waste is all waste that arises from construction and demolition activities (including excavated soil from contaminated sites). These wastes are listed in Chapter 17 of the European Waste Catalogue (EWC).

Best Practice Guidelines

Best Practice Guidelines on the Preparation of Waste Management Plans for Construction and Demolition Waste Projects were published in July, 2006. The Guidelines promote an integrated approach to the management of this waste stream. They are designed to promote sustainable development, environmental protection and the optimum use of resources. The Guidelines introduce the concept of integrated waste management planning for construction projects above certain thresholds.

The guidelines:

  • introduce the concept of project based C&D waste management planning
  • will apply to both public and private sector projects above certain thresholds
  • represent a ‘cradle-to-grave’ approach across all stages of a project from conception to completion
  • include waste audits which will improve information on waste flows in this sector
  • are supported and endorsed by the construction industry through the National Construction and Demolition Waste Council (NCDWC)
  • suggest the appointment of C&D waste managers to oversee activities at the site level