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UE demands 70% of CDW to be recycled by 2020

The new european waste legislation, really focused on the circular economy, points the need of recycling, at least, 70% of the Construction and Demolition Waste by 2020. 

On the other hand, these laws not only highlight the urgency of eliminating illegal activities; but also the necessity of promoting green business and improving the taxation system.

Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW) are the second bulkiest and heviest type of waste in the UE; the first one is the Urban Waste. 30% of the european waste are CDW; which can be mostly recycled. This way there is no need for them to be burnt and the quantity of waste might be almost none.  On top of that, we need to remember there are some other type of subproducts out of CDW,  such as metal, plastic or wood. These type of materials are completely recycled.

In Spain, specifically, in Andalucía, the results are far bellow the european target: less than 20% of the construcction waste -debris- is recovered. On top of that, 30% of that waste is neglected on the countrside and even more, 50% of CDW is irregularly traded. This way, what might means materials to be reused once again, becomes rubish which damages the enviroment.

Construction and Demolition Waste could be a good example of Circular Economy if every person who is envolved in this activity, was aware of the importance of reducing and eliminate the Lineal Economy.

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‘Life ECOMETHYLAL’, a project to recover plastics which can´t be recycled nowadays

Life Ecomethylal, coordinated by AIMPLAS (the Plastics Technology Centre, based in Valencia), is an European project that, by catalytic hydro-gasification with plasma technology means to obtain methylal from plastic wastes. This way, refused plastics that, until now, can´t not be recycled at all, will be recovered.

A pilot plant will be built to give value to packaging, automotive and electric and electronic plastic waste, which are mainly mixtures of different plastics that are impossible to be recovered with the existing technologies. Actually, in 2014, a total of 7.8 million tonnes of these wastes were thrown out in landfills

Regarding this matter, the head of the Sustainability and Industrial Recovery department at AIMPLAS, Eva Verdejo, explains that “during the project, a small and modular pilot plant is going to be built, which will treat these wastes to obtain methylal. This process is a chemical recycling that is above energy valorisation in terms of waste hierarchy”.

As a result, methylal will be obtained, a substance that can be used as a solvent or as a raw material to produce new plastics.

Under this project, at least 15 industrial plants are supposed to be built having this process integrated in the European Union in a period of five years, once the project has been finished. This will allow to treat a total of 144,000 tonnes of plastics each year and obtain 91,200 tonnes of methylal from them.

These plants will make also possible to save 74,400 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year and an energy saving of 3,400 million MJ each year.

The project LIFE ECOMETHYLAL is framed within the EU Programme LIFE. Some other companies from Valencia which are part of the plan are BPP, ACTECO and AIRESA. Apart from those, the company MI-PLAST from Croatia, is also working with them.

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Circular Economy, EU’s 2017 priority

Proposals for a 65% recycling target for municipal waste are included in the Circular Economy package.


Under the heading ‘A New Boost for Jobs, Growth and Investment’,  the European Commission means to set the policy area as a priority. This way, meetings within EU Member States are taking place to end the package of proposals due to be adopted by the European Union to update existing waste and recycling legislation.

This is supposed to include proposals to increase the existing recycling target for household waste from its current level of 50% by 2020, to a higher 65% by 2030 target.


At this point, timing might be the key for the UK.  We need to remember it´s expected to begin the formal process of its withdrawal from the European Union before the end of March, the beginning of two years of the exit negotiations.

However, the UK would need to embrace any european agreement if the Circular Economy legislation becomes an EU law before the UK leaves.

Related to this point, UK ministeres have already informed about their concerns regarding that 65% recycling objective. Defra minister Thérèse Coffey considers that target to be “too high to be achievable”.

Nevertheless, the EU’s Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella has outlined the European Union´s desire not to see targets watered down. He mentioned this after a meeting of ministers in Strasbourg on the 19th of December.


Mr Vella also said: “The Commission has proposed ambitious yet realistic recycling targets and – when necessary and justified – allowing for some extra time in order to take all Member States on board. At the same time, with the proposed rules on calculation we move to a more harmonised system that ensures better reliability and comparability of data. In this light the Commission would regret both lower the target levels and any attempts to weaken the recycling targets. We should avoid introducing many types of re-use definitions into the recycling target.”

Last but not least, Mr. Vella added: “I will explain that 2017 will be a busy year for the Circular Economy as the Commission will table a series of proposals as outlined in the 2015 Action Plan. This will start on 25 January with a ‘mini-package’ of 20 of the 54 action points therein.”

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Ecoembes, “The organization that cares for the environment through recycling and the eco-design of packaging in Spain”, according to its website, afirms our country leads the ranking for waste management technological processes. This means, the 80% of the yellow container waste are processed under the latest technology. Regarding to this point, the above mentioned organization praises the innovation work done in the recycling plants.

However, Ecoembers considers companies should take part. Actually, it ought to be in two ways: Firstly, those companies that manage waste should attempt for the collection and recycling cost not to be paid by the citizens because of a tax increase.
On the other hand, consumer companies must focus in ecodesigning. However, Ecoembes appreciates the fact that containers are currently 17% less heavy than before. This way less raw materials are needed to produce them. On top of that, the longer, the more reusable materials are also used to manufacture them.

As easier as possible for citizens.
Ecoembes advocates for an efficient management. Regarding to this, the organization considers recycling needs to be as easier as possible for the citizen. Nowadays there are 570.00 yellow and green containers on the the streets for the people who do no recycle start to do it and those who actually do it, to recycle even more and even better.

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The Recycling and Recovery International Trade Fair far exceeds the exhibitors number, in comparisson with the last edition.

In 2014 was the first edition under the ‘International’ category. This new status, awarded by the Global Association of the Exhibiton Industry (UFI), meant an important stimulus. That´s the reason why this edition, second time being ‘International’, much more exhibitors are submitting their applications.

The SRR is taking place from the 15th til the 17th of June. It will be the 5th edition and the total amount fo exhibitors is a mix of organizations such as recycling companies, manufactures, suppliers, distributors. All of them will be gathered in the second Pavilion of IFEMA to show their products and offer their services. Moreover, different proffesionals from the public sector, asociations and media will also attend.

Feria de Madrid, IFEMA, organices and runs the event, supported by the Federación Española de la Recuperación y el Reciclaje (FER) and the Asociación Española de Desguace y Reciclaje del Automóvil (AEDRA).

Focused on the Circular Economy

The SRR, which is a part of the Sustainable Environmental Solutiond Forum (FSMS), will be focused on the Circular Economy. It means an important challenge because the sector needs to optmize afficiency and improve the recovery and recycling processes by means of investigation and innovation. The main important thing is to make progress in redesigning, reusing, reducing, recycling and recovery. Related to this, there will be different conferences and seminars leaded by organizations such as ANAVAM, ANAREVI. AENOR, REPACAR or SIGRAUTO

XIV Recovery and Recycling National Congress

FER organizes the XIV Recovery and Recycling National Congress, as a part of the SRR program. As usual,ar the end of the congress, the prizes ‘Mother Earth’ and ‘Life dedicated to recover” will be awarded.

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