The growing volume of construction and demolition (C&D) waste has become a significant concern in Europe, according to a new report by analysts at Frost & Sullivan.
The report noted that the C&D waste market in the region is governed by regulations regarding waste reduction, recycling and diversion of waste material resources away from landfilling. Therefore, the authors stated, the need to recycle C&D waste has prompted waste management companies to optimise collection systems and thereby, increase recycling volumes.
The report, European Construction and Demolition Recycling Services Market, also found that the market earned revenues of $18.75 billion in 2013 and expects this to reach $23.85 billion in 2020.
An estimated 25.9% rise in the volume of waste by 2020 was said to be intensifying the demand for limited landfilling, while the rising cost of landfilling C&D will lead to increased use of sustainable solutions.
“Market development is strongly driven by the Waste Directive (2008/98/EC), wherein C&D waste must achieve a cycling target of 70 percent by 2020,”said Monika Chrusciak, Frost & Sullivan Energy & Environmental Research Analyst.
“Market revenues will also get a leg up from the future optimisation of collection and recycling technologies,” she added.
However, the report also found that local legislation is not uniformly transposed despite strong European Union support for C&D recycling.
Participants were said to often be challenged by the misleading waste categorisation and high recycling level indications, while dissimilar local interpretations lead to high variations in regional market development, which ultimately affect market dynamics and profitability.
According to the analysts, C&D waste can be difficult and expensive to sort, collect and transport, as the material is highly heterogeneous and voluminous.
These issues highlight the need for an integrated smart management solution that facilitates material recovery and related business economics, the report said.
Market participants can remedy most of the issues by procuring information on the quality and quantity of available C&D material, and steering its parameters through direct and close cooperation with the customer, the analysts added.
“The current lack of smart management solutions is affecting the recycled materials’ quality,” noted Chrusciak. “Hence, data regarding the quality and quantity of C&D waste material is crucial for long-term collaborations with final recycling companies.”
According to the authors, market participants need to have all necessary processes in place as soon as possible, as Europe is expected to experience increased infrastructure development.
The region is emerging from a downturn and according to Frost & Sullivan building companies will be looking to optimise costs and use recycled aggregate as an alternative to costly primary material. These trends, along with greater green building development, bode well for the recycling services market.
“The market is anticipated to continue growing as individual European governments, especially in Western Europe, are creating legal frameworks and encouraging the development of C&D recycling services,” observed Chrusciak. “
Higher investments in these services will aid the optimal processing of recyclable waste and improve safety work standards as well,” she concluded.
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