CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT – TECHNOLOGIES APPLIED
 
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Wydział Budownictwa Lądowego i Wodnego, Politechnika Wrocławska
Publication date: 2014-10-20
 
Inż. Ekolog. 2013; 33:49–60
 
ABSTRACT
The aim of this paper is to presents the waste management processes, which are implemented on Polish territory, with particular emphasis on solutions applied in large agglomerations. According to many sources (both Waste Management Plan as well as the Statistical Yearbook) the amount of generated waste continues to increase, in the construction industry, as well as other branches, while the development of new waste- recycling technologies is not able to meet the current needs. This paper covers waste management solutions, which are used by smaller, specialized institutions collecting and processing waste, or by municipal Waste Processing Facilities. Criteria for comparing waste treatment methods are: the scale of their use, versatility, as well as profitability for manufacturers and processing enterprises (the recipients) dealing with waste coming from building demolitions or renovations. Known information about recycling does not always coincide with the actual actions taken to protect our environment, because awareness is not enough, appropriate action is needed. Waste treatment processes presented in this paper are just a small fraction of the technologies used in Europe or worldwide. Many of the methods of waste treatment will not be introduced in Poland because of high (capital expenditures?) expenses associated with their processing technology. In such case low level of costs generated by storing waste in disposal landfills remains unrivaled, posing potential threat to the environment.