Construction and demolition waste (CDW) accounts for around 30% of the waste generated in the European Union, making it the heaviest and most voluminous waste stream. In Malta, that figure is much higher, with CDW accounting to roughly 80% of the total waste arising each year. Such waste is derived from activities related to the construction and demolition of buildings, road planning and maintenance as well as civil infrastructure.
The European Waste Catalogue provides a list of waste streams that are classified as construction and demolition waste, including concrete, gypsum, metals, glass, and asbestos, amongst others. The European Union has identified CDW as a priority waste stream, with a high potential for recycling and recovery. As a result, the Waste Framework Directive has laid down a minimum recovery target for CDW, whereby Member States shall take the necessary measures to ensure that by 2020 a minimum of 70% (by weight) of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste, classified under chapter 17 of the European Waste Catalogue, shall be prepared for re-use, recycled or undergo other material recovery. Since 2013, Malta has attained the stipulated recovery target, mainly through the backfilling of excavation voids with inert CDW.
Kindly access the following link for further information on Construction and Demolition Waste.
Documents related to the Construction and Demolition Waste Strategy for Malta:
- Construction and Demolition Waste Strategy for Malta, 2021-2030 – Managing Construction & Demolition Resources – Approved Policy
- Consultation Brief on the Construction and Demolition Waste Strategy for Malta, 2020-2025
- Public Consultation Document: Construction and Demolition Waste Strategy for Malta, 2020-2025 – Managing Construction & Demolition Resources