Recycling construction waste

The Resources

France produces 40 million tons of construction and demolition waste every year. Most of it is used for landfill or incinerated; only a small amount is upcycled.

Paprec Group, construction waste
Paprec Group, chantiers

The Objective

According to European regulations, and especially since the 2007 Grenelle Environment Round Table, 70% of this type of waste must be recovered for raw materials or energy by the year 2020. Technically, France should diminish its landfilled and incinerated construction waste by 15%.

The Process

65% of construction leftovers is inert waste (stones, demolition waste, bricks, glass…). Once sorted and recycled, they can be used as embankment or backfill. Non hazardous material (wood, cardboard, plastic, metal, plaster…) are sent to a different recycling branch for recovery. Hazardous waste (treated wood, heavy metals, paints and solvents…) are treated by a specialized branch of recycling.

Our Contribution

Paprec is one of the top construction waste treatment companies. With 7 on-site treatment units and France’s most efficient sorting factory at Gennevilliers (75), we have reached a 75% recovery rate.
Every year, our new sorting plant in Gennevilliers treats 180 000 tons of demolition and construction waste; within that amount, 75% of drywalls and other plaster waste are upcycled.
Paprec is developing its expertise all over France: IDF North (Gennevilliers) and South (Wissous), Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse, etc. 
Discover the different steps of the recycling of construction waste : 

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