Much construction and demolition waste is still used in waste-to-energy plants or, if it is non-combustible, it goes to landfill, as processes for large-scale reuse of building materials are still being developed.
The goal of the Government Decree that entered into force in 2012 was to achieve a 70% recycling rate for construction waste by 2020. The conditions for achieving this goal are better than ever before.
Recycling new mineral wool is eco-friendly
We have been recycling pure mineral wool from construction sites and production side flows for some time. Surplus materials and cuttings are collected and transported to the production plant of Eko-Expert, which belongs to our group. Pieces of mineral wool go into the production process at our factory, and the outcome is CE marked mineral wool ready for installation.
Processing new surplus materials into a new product significantly reduces construction waste. But what to do with the mineral wool from demolition sites?
Reusing demolition wool is a game changer
Until now, it has been very difficult to recycle mineral wool, glass wool and rock wool. Insulation wool has not been accepted in waste-to-energy plants since it is a material that does not burn easily and tends to leave a mess. Used mineral wool has invariably been taken to landfill, where it has stayed forever due to its non-biodegradable nature.
EcoUp Oy’s innovation makes it possible to reuse insulation wool from demolition sites. Our production plant uses old mineral wool to make new, sustainable recycled materials. Recycled materials made from demolition wool can replace virgin raw materials in the production of cement, tarmac and bricks, for example.
The benefit for the environment is undeniable: resource efficiency is improved through the reuse of demolition materials, and emissions from using concrete in construction are reduced. Companies that collect insulation wool for reuse also save money through reduced landfill fees.
EcoUp has started producing recycled material from mineral wool collected from demolition sites. If you want to make more sustainable concrete, for example – and why wouldn’t you! – please contact Ilari and Linda.