Proposals for targets and indicators for waste prevention in four waste streams

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This project, commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers, had the objective of providing first proposals for targets and indicators that can be used in the Nordic countries’ waste prevention programmes. Four waste streams were considered: food waste, construction- and demolition waste (C&D waste), waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and textile waste. The project took the following two-step approach. Firstly, a literature review of international experiences was conducted regarding waste prevention policy, waste definitions, target setting and use of indicators for the respective four waste streams. Secondly, based on the findings from the literature as well as experiences of the project team, proposals for targets and indicators were developed.



Proposals for Construction and Demolition Waste Prevention Indicators and Targets

C&DW is a waste stream with an important particularity: it is the sum of two sub-streams, namely construction waste and demolition waste. These two streams are fundamentally different since the former can be directly associated with the construction sector’s economic activity (waste occurring within the same year of activity) but not the latter (demolition waste occurs many years after the original economic activity, depending on the construction’s life span). Demolition waste can also be linked to economic activity of the sector. For brown-field construction, new construction follows on directly from demolition activities. However, the materials used in new constructions will first become waste after many years. Due to the time delay between material inputs and the material becoming waste, indicators that compare material inputs with waste outputs are not appropriate for this waste stream.


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