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Construction and demolition waste management: 1999 to 2005


Construction and demolition waste management

In 2005 the Department for Communities and Local Government carried out a survey into the arisings and use of Construction and Demolition wastes in England. This followed three earlier surveys in 1999, 2001 and 2003. Table 8 (below) summarises the results of this survey. Total construction and demolition waste for England was estimated at 89.6 million tonnes in 2005. 46 million tonnes were recycled and a further 15 million tonnes were spread on exempt sites (usually land reclamation, agricultural improvement or infrastructure projects). The remaining 28 million tonnes were sent to landfill (including backfilling at quarries, and landfill engineering) as waste.

Estimates suggest that the amount of construction and demolition waste generated in England has remained stable at about 90 million tonnes from 2001 to 2005. This is an increase from about 69 million tonnes in 1999. Between 2001 and 2005 the proportion of construction and demolition waste recycled by crushers and screeners has increased from 49 per cent to 52 per cent how, the proportion of construction and demolition waste sent to landfill has increased from 26 per cent to 31 per cent and the amount of waste going to exempt sites has fell from around 25 per cent to 17 per cent.

In Detail:
Industrial and commercial waste
Further Information:
DCLG: Survey of Arisings and Use of Construction, Demolition and Excavation Waste as Aggregate in England in 2005 (and previous reports)
Key Facts:
Total annual waste
Industrial and commercial waste management
Industrial and commercial waste materials
Sustainable Development Indicators:
Framework indicator: Resource use
Data Tables:
Title Download
file type
8 Estimated re-use, recycling and disposal of hard construction & demolition and excavation waste by region: 2005
FIG 9 Construction and demolition waste management, England: 1999 to 2005
Internet Links:
Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG): Minerals, land instability and waste planning
Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG): Survey of Arisings & Use of Construction & Demolition Waste as Aggregate in England: 2005

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Page last modified: 13 March 2007
Page published: 13 March 2007