Today, construction and demolition waste is about one third of all waste produced in the world. New laws are implemented, to protect our environment and our future, with the aim to reduce the percentage of waste to the practice of recycling.
In February 2019, the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) issued the Ministerial Resolution No. 21 of 2019 on the use of recycled aggregates from construction and demolition (C&D) waste for road construction and other infrastructure projects carried out by the Public and Private Sectors in the UAE.
The resolution outlines environmental prerequisites for recycling cement, concrete, steel, bricks, gravel, sand, asphalt, timber, and gypsum waste into new high‐value materials. The decree mandates concerned local departments to ensure that contractors collect and sort waste generated at C&D sites.
Under the resolution, government and private contractors can meet up to 40 per cent of their material requirements from recycled aggregates.