Concrete Thoughts for Concrete Benefits

Increased diversion from landfill by exploring higher value opportunities for recovered CDW Materials

Sept 18-19, 2018
Radisson Blu Edwardian, London

Concrete thoughts for concrete benefits

With 3 weeks remaining until the inaugural Circular Driven Economy Symposium, we are talking concrete today, and more specifically recycled concrete. Here is what attendees can expect to learn about the benefits of recycled concrete at our upcoming event.

Concrete Thoughts

European materials producers would be forgiven if the ongoing – sometimes raging - debate in Europe around the implications of newly established guidelines as set by the Circular Economy bundle of directives and frameworks leaves them confused as to the best way forward for their businesses.

In a nutshell, there lies the issue producers face: although concrete is the most commonly used commodity in the world after water, demand for concrete products rises as the availability of raw materials steadily decreases. The answer can only lie in making the most of every available nugget of material that would have previously been shipped out to landfill without a second thought. The method to achieve this, although it has been framed into European law, tends to remain unclear at a national level as implementation rules vary.

Busting the Myths on Recycled Concrete

Cutting straight through to the essential facts materials companies need to progress towards zero waste whilst adding value to their operations, the leading industry experts will be outlining the very practical benefits of the circular economy principles at the Circular Economy Symposium held in London on 18-19 September 2018. Day one will cover the ‘all you need to know’ facts to allow operators to visualise the best way to turn their recycling waste into a valuable concrete product that is just as strong and versatile as a natural-sand-made concrete.

Day two will be ‘proof of the pudding’ day when participants will be taken to The Sheehan Group quarry site in nearby Oxfordshire to witness the circular economy business model in action.

Opportunities are currently limitless for materials businesses who join in with C&D waste recycling pioneers such as Brewster Bros, a case in point of circular economy success. In line with the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy Strategy ‘Making Things Last’, the company’s plant processes and recycles up to 400,000 tonnes per year of soils and rubble, collected by tipper lorries from construction sites, into high-value sand and gravel - reducing waste disposal costs for Brewster Bros’ customers while maximising waste recovery. The waste collected is not subject to landfill tax and the recycled aggregates produced are not subject to the aggregates levy.

So Waste no Longer…

Prof. Marios Soutsos, author of 100 technical publications and the popular Concrete Durability: A Practical Guide to the Design of Durable Concrete Structures, who has witnessed sustainable building solutions around the world and specialises in durable concrete products, will offer practical guidance on the dynamics of the production of recycled concrete.

To complement Prof. Soutsos’s thoughts, Marjorie Petitpain of Cerib (Precast Concrete Industry Study & Research Centre), who holds a PhD in Civil Engineering, will bring practical advice based on her years of experience in the field of environmental precast concretes and low carbon concrete, with a focus on obtaining concretes from recycled materials with similar characteristics (mechanical, durability) to concrete from natural material, while greatly reducing the environmental footprint.

A full programme of other speakers will guide operators through the meanders of the legislative framework and the different tried-and-tested business models with the main focus on demonstrating how to obtain value from recycled materials.

Two days to turn your business’ untapped resources into high-value materials

For operators who want to understand how to turn waste into value in very practical terms, the Circular Economy symposium is the place to be in September. If you want to learn more about recycled concrete and the value that lies in recycled construction and demolition waste join us on 18th and 19th September in London.

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