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TRACIMAT – Tracing Construction and Demolition Waste Materials

To qualify for upcycling, recycled construction and demolition materials must be of good quality. It is equally important that users of the recycling material must have faith in this quality. These are two reasons why the Flemish Construction Confederation (VCB) has founded Tracimat, a non-profit construction and demolition waste (CDW) management organisation.

CDW management organisation? A construction and demolition waste management organisation is an external and neutral organisation that will certify the selective demolition, thereby assuring the processing company of the quality of the input construction and demolition waste.

Certificate of selective demolition? Tracimat will issue a "certificate of selective demolition" for construction and demolition waste that has been selectively collected and subsequently gone through a tracing system. The demolition certificate tells the processor whether the demolition waste can be accepted as "low environmental risk material" and therefore be processed separately from waste streams with a high environmental risk. Purer waste streams with a low environmental risk clearly have a greater upcycling potential. This in turn opens up opportunities for incorporation into more high-quality applications than are possible today. The demolition waste comes with a certificate issued by a recognised and independent organisation, which will enhance trust not only in the quality of the material, but also in the quality of the demolishing company. It will also boost trust in the recycled product, resulting in improved and more widespread marketing of recycled granulates.

Tracing system? Tracimat will not issue a certificate of selective demolition until the waste has gone through a traceability system. The tracing process starts with the preparation of a destructive demolition inventory and waste management plan prepared by an expert prior to the selective demolition and dismantling work. To guarantee the quality of the demolition inventory and waste management plan, they must be prepared according to a specific procedure. Tracimat will check the quality of the demolition inventory and waste management plan and issue a declaration on its conformity. Based on intermediate inspections at construction sites and desk control of the discharge certificates/processing documents, Tracimat checks whether both the hazardous waste and the non-hazardous waste that complicates the recycling of the specific construction and demolition material, have been selectively and properly disposed of.

Tracimat will initially focus on the stony fraction, which in terms of weight by far represents the greatest portion of the construction and demolition waste. Where possible, the organisation's field of activity will be expanded in the future to include other types of construction and demolition waste materials.

Feasibility? Tracimat is legally incorporated into the VLAREMA regulation and operates in feedback with the Common Regulation for Recycled Granulates (ER), allowing it to trace construction and demolition materials down to the crusher. In the ER, which establishes the requirements to be met by crushers and granulates in Flanders, a significant amendment has been introduced which requires crushers to distinguish between materials with a low environmental risk (LMRP) and materials with a high environmental risk (HMRP) at the time of acceptance. The ER also provides that LMRP streams can be processed more cheaply than HMRP streams.

State of play? The Flemish Construction Confederation is currently working on the procedure for preparation of a demolition inventory and waste management plan, and on the development of the specific requirements to be met by the traceability system. The development of these procedures is carried out in close collaboration with all stakeholders, including HISER partner VITO. In this way, acceptance is ensured from the outset, thereby increasing the chances of success of this specific HISER task.

The project has received funding from the European Union's  Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 642085.


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