Renewable Matter # 18 / September-October

Looking after Inerts

by Luca D\'Ammando

Focus on Building


Rubble, bricks, sand, construction and demolition waste: every year we produce 45 million tonnes of them. If 70% of all this were recycled, rather than landfilled, 100 quarries could be shut down for a year. 


Some figures first of all. At the moment, in Italy, there are 7,123 kilometres of motorways, 24,241 kilometres of state roads, 154,948 kilometres of provincial roads and 1.3 million kilometres of council roads. This means that the infrastructure sector, including maintenance and construction of new layouts, has a key impact in the production of waste and ensuing environmental pollution....

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