Demolition Waste Management in Majorca: the Particular Case of an Island

Title: Demolition Waste Management in Majorca: the Particular Case of an Island
Author(s): Pascual
Paper category : conference
Book title: International RILEM Conference on the Use of Recycled Materials in Building and Structures
Editor(s): E. Vázquez, Ch. F. Hendriks and G.M.T. Janssen
Print-ISBN: 2-912143-52-7
e-ISBN: 2912143756
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2004
Pages: 245 - 254
Total Pages: 10
Nb references: 7
Language: English

Abstract: Majorca is the main island of the Balearic Islands, located in the south east of Spain. More
than ten million people visit Majorca every year, resulting in a high pressure on the
ecosystem. Construction industry has caused a constant increment in construction and
demolition waste (CDW) generation.
According to the preliminary estimations included in the new plan [1] that will regulate CDW
management in Majorca, the generation of CDW in Majorca is remarkably higher than the
ones calculated for Alcalá de Henares and Valencia. The non-existence of adequate
management channels, and the insufficient inspection, has originated an unsustainable
situation of improvisation. Majorca’s fragility in terms of space limits and tourism
environmental perception makes essential some changes in the way this kind of waste is being
The implementation of the new plan that regulates CDW management involves its
declaration as a public service under the "polluter’s pay principle". This step will be an
important milestone in the path of achieving an appropriate CDW management in Majorca.
The Plan sets for 2005 a valorisation objective of 70%, 15% aimed at recycling.
A new research line focused on the analysis of CDW valorisation feasibility in Majorca, has
been launched at the UIB.

Online publication: 2004-09-29
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00
doi: 10.1617/2912143756.028

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