Innovation: DISmantling and RECycling Techniques for road MATerials - Sharing knowledge and practices

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The DIREC_MAT project objective is to share, at a European scale, knowledge and practices on recycling road and road-related waste in the aim of ensuring an environmentally-friendly and sustainable end-of-life for road infrastructure. Road material recycling processes have previously been studied in national and European research projects and have led to various levels of practical implementation; unfortunately, the national experiences developed across Europe almost never benefit other European countries. This is especially true for the newer Member States. Furthermore existing knowledge and practices are presently scattered.

Reliable practice-oriented data on all types of road materials and waste will be identified and compiled by skilled experts working in both research and construction capacities. Field experience and relevant research issues will be integrated into a Web database to provide the European road community with unrestricted access to updated online data on end products that have been classified, assessed and illustrated with jobsite practices for dismantling and recycling applications. This database will not only offer information to stakeholders on facilitating the correct re-use of road and road-related waste products back into roads without generating health impacts, but will also provide technical and scientific information for CEN Technical Committees. Lastly, such a tool will make it possible to better identify outstanding research needs in this area. Best practice guides on green techniques for recycling road and road-related waste back into roads will be delivered; benchmarking processes will be detailed and shared by all stakeholders in order to achieve a road material recyclability level of nearly 100%.

FEHRL (Forum of European Highway Research Laboratories) will contribute by performing decisive clustering tasks and engaging in a comprehensive dissemination plan to promote the required knowledge sharing for end-users
In order to reach the project objectives, the work programme was organised into seven Work packages (WPs):
- WP1: dedicated to the overall management of the project;
- WP2: focusing on dismantling unbound road materials and the recycling of road and road-related materials back into unbound road layers;
- WP3, WP4 and WP5, similar to WP2 but respectively focusing on hydraulically bound, bituminous bound and other materials not commonly recycled into roads instead of unbound materials;
- WP6: dedicated to building and feeding the web database;
- WP7: in charge of dissemination actions, namely through a dedicated website.

The foregrounds consist of a database, which provides free on-line access to best practice guides, practical application case studies, harmonised literature reviews and national document references on demolition and recycling of road and road-related materials.
Several benefits are expected from the project.

From a technical standpoint, this project will provide stakeholders and practitioners with online available and validated guidelines, to help them decide and proceed appropriately with the demolition and recycling of road or road-related materials back into new roads. The information provided will not only stem from research results throughout Europe, but also from actual practice in laboratories and construction sites. By increasing the confidence of stakeholders and practitioners in the reuse of road or road-related products, the project will actively contribute to reducing the waste associated with road maintenance.

From a regulatory point of view, a European regulation set regarding the re-use of road materials in new roads is under implementation on a step-by-step basis. Directive 2006/12/EC adopted by the European Parliament and the Council Directive of April 5, 2006 on waste prohibits the abandonment, dumping or uncontrolled disposal of waste and requires MS to promote waste prevention, recycling and processing for re-use.

From a scientific perspective, the web database provides scientists with an online access to: national document references, harmonised literature review, and practical application case studies based on jobsite data sets. These resources will prove helpful for developing research projects, as well as testing and improving models. In turn, scientists are given the opportunity to upload new laboratory or worksite data for the benefit of the entire European road research community. Furthermore, the statement of an integrated and shared view of road material research needs should improve the coordination of corresponding national research programmes at the European level and establish priorities for European research and technological development.

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This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Dismantling And Recycling Techniques For Road Materials - Sharing Knowledge And Practices

Acronym: 
DIRECT_MAT

Runtime: 
01.01.2009 to 31.12.2011

Status: 
completed project

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INSTITUT FRANCAIS DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DES TRANSPORTS, DE L'AMENAGEMENT ET DES RESEAUX

(France)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Dr. YANNICK DESCANTES

Website: http://www.ifsttar.fr

Phone: +33-240-845930

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BRANCHEVERENIGING RECYCLING BREKEN EN SORTEREN

(Netherlands)

Contact person: Mr. BROERE Peter

Website: http://www.brbs.nl

Phone: +31-418-684878

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CENTRE DE RECHERCHES ROUTIERES - OPZOEKINGSCENTRUM VOOR DE WEGENBOUW

(Belgium)

Contact person: Mr. SERVRANCKX Michel

Website: http://www.brrc.be

Phone: +32-2-7758250

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CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS Y EXPERIMENTACION DE OBRAS PUBLICAS - CEDEX

(Spain)

Contact person: Mr. SINIS Francisco

Website: http://www.cedex.es

Phone: +34-913357823

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CENTRUM DOPRAVNIHO VYZKUMU V.V.I.

(Czech Republic)

Contact person: Mr. KUDLACEK Jiri

Website: http://www.cdv.cz

Phone: +420-548423723

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DANISH ROAD DIRECTORATE

(Denmark)

Contact person: Mr. DJURHUUS Torben

Website: http://www.vejdirektoratet.dk

Phone: +45-7244-7000

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FORUM DES LABORATOIRES NATIONAUX EUROPEENS DE RECHERCHE ROUTIERE

(Belgium)

Contact person: Ms. ESCODA Ester

Website: http://www.fehrl.org

Phone: +32-2-7758234

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INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES, STRASBOURG

(France)

Contact person: Dr. CHAZALLON Cyrille

Website: http://www.insa-strasbourg.fr

Phone: +33-3-88144784

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INSTYTUT BADAWCZY DROG I MOSTOW

(Poland)

Contact person: Mr. MIRSKI Krzysztof

Website: http://www.ibdim.edu.pl

Phone: +48-228113231

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(Hungary)

Contact person: Dr. GASPAR Laszlo

Website: http://www.kti.hu

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LABORATORIO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA CIVIL

(Portugal)

Contact person: Dr. ANTUNES Maria De Lurdes

Website: http://www.lnec.pt

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RECIPAV - ENGENHARIA E PAVIMENTOS, UNIPESSOAL, LDA.

(Portugal)

Contact person: Mr. FONSECA Paulo

Website: http://www.recipav.pt

Phone: +351-243704935

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STATENS GEOTEKNISKA INSTITUT

(Sweden)

Contact person: Dr. ARM Maria

Website: http://www.swedgeo.se

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STATENS VAG- OCH TRANSPORTFORSKNINGSINSTITUT

(Sweden)

Contact person: Ms. FRANZEN Gunilla

Website: http://www.vti.se

Phone: +46-13204000

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG

(Germany)

Contact person: Prof. WISTUBA Michael

Website: http://www.tu-braunschweig.de

Phone: +49-531-3912390

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

(Germany)

Contact person: Mr. KREIGENFELD Sven

Phone: +49-35146339744

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THE HIGHWAY INSTITUTE (INSTITUT ZA PUTEVE)

(Serbia)

Contact person: Dr. SMILJANIC Milorad

Website: http://www.highway.co.yu

Phone: +381-113976374

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

(Ireland)

Contact person: Mr. DOOLAN Donal

Website: http://www.ucd.ie

Phone: +353-17161656

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VEREINIGUNG DER OESTERREICHISCHEN ZEMENTINDUSTRIE

(Austria)

Contact person: Dr. STEIGENBERGER Johannes

Website: http://www.zement.at

Phone: +43-17146681-50

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ZAVOD ZA GRADBENISTVO SLOVENIJE

(Slovenia)

Contact person: Mr. PAVSIC Primoz

Website: http://www.zag.si

Phone: +386-12804245

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