A new pilot programme launched by The Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) aims to demonstrate that construction waste can be used as a useful resource.
According to IGBC’s data, about 50% of materials used globally are linked to the construction industry, and only a small amount of waste generated in this sector is currently reused or recycled.
In Ireland, the construction industry generates 48% of all waste, 6.2 million tonnes, with no considerable recycling or reusing.
Therefore the newly introduced Construction Materials Exchange (CMEx) project aims to address this area by implementing Circular Economy principles.
This pilot programme strives to prove that by designing a user-friendly and transparent system, the sector could increase the reuse of construction materials that would otherwise end on landfills.
“There is a significant resource value in construction waste that is simply going unrealised. The objective of the pilot is to address barriers to reuse and raise awareness about this huge potential,”
said Pat Barry, CEO at IGBC, regarding the project.
The overall goal is to create a platform where materials from the waste stream with the potential for reuse can be easily identified and develop a mechanism that would enable reuse.
These data will be administered on an online platform that automatically generates unique passports for materials and facilitates the best matches for reuse.