Title: Greece
Author(s): RILEM TC 165-SRM
Paper category : book
Book title: Sustainable Raw Materials - Construction and Demolition Waste - State-of-the-Art Report of RILEM TC 165-SRM
Editor(s): Ch. F. Hendriks and H. S. Pietersen
Print-ISBN: 2-912143-17-9
e-ISBN: 2351580427
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2000
Pages: 108 - 108
Total Pages: 1
Language: English

Amounts of waste materials and recycled products
No official data exist providing a reliable figure for the amount of construction and demolition (C&D) waste generated yearly. A recent study provides estimates, which bring the total C&D waste in the order of 1.100.000 t/year.

Origin of waste materials
The origin of waste materials may be found in both demolition sites and in new construction sites. Demolition are taking place after destructive earthquakes, due to changing urban planning regulations or due to changing needs for new constructions.

Information about the recycling industry
There is no recycling industry established in Greece for the production of coarse aggregates (for concrete) from recycled materials. However, some organisations (e.g. Public Power Corporation) provide by-products, such as fly ash, which are being used for the production of cement and occasionally as a replacement of fine aggregates (sand) in concrete.

In general, measures uncontrolled dumping of construction/demolition waste are rather 'loose'. Such waste may either be dumped at pre-determined sites for a minimal fee or in an uncontrolled manner as landfill material. Waste management plans are very strict though in some of the islands, where C&D is being re-used sometimes up to 80%.

As far as barriers to recycling industry are concerned, one should mention at least the following: (a) large quantities of high quality aggregates are available in the country; (b) with some exceptions, dumping of C&D waste may easily occur in a rather uncontrolled manner.

Development of recommendations and regulations
Legislation and regulations towards the use of recycled construction materials are practically non-existent.

Online publication: 2009-12-07
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00

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