At end of August the Flemish Minister of Environment, Nature and Agriculture officially recognised Tracimat as Construction and Demolition Waste management organisation.
TRACIMAT, a non-profit construction and demolition waste (CDW) management organisation was founded by the HISER partner - the Flemish Construction Confederation (VCB), together with the Federation of Producers of Recycling Granulates (FPRG), the Belgian Demolition Association (CASO) and the Organisation representing the engineering and consultancy companies (ORI).
CDW management organisation?
A construction and demolition waste management organisation like Tracimat certifies the selective demolition, thereby assuring the processing company of the quality of the construction and demolition waste.
Through an elaborate traceability system Tracimat monitors and supervises the selective demolition process. The tracking procedure starts with an identification of the materials that come free during the deconstruction and demolition of the building, and follows up on what happens with these materials during the selective demolition works. Environmental risks during deconstruction and demolition will consequently be limited, hazardous waste materials will be correctly and –more importantly – safely removed , which will result in purer waste streams .
Based on intermediate inspections at demolition sites and desk control of the discharge certificates/processing documents, Tracimat will check if its traceability system has been applied correctly and will deliver the necessary documents and certificates.
Why waste management?
In order to enhance the quality of recycled aggregates, a more pure stony fraction is needed at the gate of the producers of recycled aggregates. Hence the necessity for a traceability system that guarantees the selective collection of stony waste, that traces the waste from its point of origin down to the gate of the processing company, and as such assures the processing company of the environmental quality of the input (selectively collected) stony waste.
Purer waste streams will not only lead to high-quality recycled aggregates, but will also create a greater upcycling potential. This in turn opens up opportunities for incorporation into more high-quality applications than today’s current practice. As the demolition waste comes with a certificate issued by a recognised and independent organisation, this will enhance trust, not only in the quality of the waste material, but also in the quality of the demolishing company. Furthermore, it will boost trust in the recycled product, resulting in an improved and more widespread marketing of recycled aggregates.
Tracimat is incorporated in the Flemish environmental legislation (Vlarema) and operates in feedback with the Common Regulation for Recycled Aggregates (ER), allowing it to trace construction and demolition materials down to the producer of recycled aggregates. In the ER, the regulation which establishes the requirements that need to be met by crushers and aggregates in Flanders, a significant amendment has been introduced which requires crushers to distinguish materials with a low environmental risk (LMRP) from 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. Demolition waste from a selective demolition monitored and certified by Tracimat can be accepted as low environmental risk.
State of play?
As Tracimat has been officially recognised by the Minister, Tracimat can now start applying its traceability and quality management system. The development of the traceability system has been carried out in close collaboration with all stakeholders. this way, acceptance is ensured from the outset, thereby increasing the chances of success.
The new LMRP/HMRP acceptance policy at the gate of the crusher will be implemented in one year, giving all the involved partners in the chain the opportunity to prepare themselves.