Environmental Management of Waste Based on Road Construction Materials

  • Damijan Koletnik
  • Rebeka Lukman
  • Damjan Krajnc
Keywords: Life cycle assessment, industrial ecology, utility company, construction waste.

Abstract

In 2008 the European Council adopted a revised framework for waste management in the EU, with an objective to encourage recycling and reuse of waste, in order to reduce landfills and potential environmental emissions. This framework also sets new recycling targets for construction and demolition waste by 2020, suggesting that at least 70 % of the waste should be recycled.

Nigrad d.d. is a utility company providing services to several municipalities in North-East Slovenia. These services include repairs to public roads and pavements. This paper examines the origin, amount and fraction of construction waste produced, identifying current waste management practices. Based on the state-of-the art study new approaches are to be proposed, which will make it possible to decrease environmental impacts and costs, when providing public services and establishing sustainable service systems. To reach this objective a life-cycle analysis of the existing service has been carried out, which will help identify the system parts that have the most significant impact on the environment.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.erem.59.1.681

Author Biographies

Damijan Koletnik
CEO Deputy, Nigrad d.d.
Rebeka Lukman
Research and Development Department, Nigrad d.d.
Damjan Krajnc
Assoc. prof. dr. at Laboratory for Process Systems Engineering and Sustainable Development, University of Maribor, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Published
2012-03-13
Section
Articles