The Irish Green Building Council launches a pilot scheme to increase reuse of construction materials

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Thursday, 16th December: The Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) launched today a pilot scheme to demonstrate how construction waste can be turned into useful resources.

The construction industry accounts for approximately 50% of materials used on the planet, and 48% of all waste generated in Ireland. Very little of this waste is currently reused, or even recycled. Where recycling does take place, it is often in the form of downcycling, creating aggregates and backfill at best. The objective of the pilot is to demonstrate a feasible, transparent, fair, and user-friendly system for the reuse of construction materials that would otherwise enter the waste stream.

Minister Ossian Smyth T.D. with responsibility for Communications & the Circular Economy at the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications said: “Transitioning to a more circular construction industry is critical to reduce waste and the carbon footprint of the sector. It can also support innovation, while ensuring that resources are kept within the local economy for as long as possible. That’s why we are delighted to support this initiative by the IGBC and encourage many construction companies to get involved”.

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