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RECYCLING AT ITS BEST

Stadstuin Overtoom

RECYCLING AT ITS BEST A NEW APPROACH TO CONSTRUCTION Eigen Haard wants to recycle 99 percent of the materials that are produced from constructing, maintaining and managing residential buildings. The housing association believes that any raw materials that have been used in the past - or which are going to be used - should be recycled and reused. This is technically possible. The key is finding partners who share the same vision. The Stadstuin Overtoom project was undertaken by Eigen Haard with a number of partners. The aim was to create a fully carbon-neutral urban district. ‘To achieve that goal, we wanted to recycle as much material as possible,’ says Jurgen van de Laarschot, project manager at Eigen Haard. ‘Our partnership with an innovative demolition firm was very valuable. You have to dismantle buildings step by step. Too often, people go straight in with a wrecking ball and too much of the material produced ends up in a landfill. That’s partly due to ignorance, but also partly due to fear. Suppliers worry that they cannot guarantee the quality of materials that are recycled. For Stadstuin Overtoom,

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we met suppliers of construction materials to discuss this and made clear agreements with them. As long as you are prepared to invest in long-term relationships, it’s easy to build trust. We have demolished over 350 homes and almost all the materials produced have been recycled. And to save even more energy, we process all the material on site or within a maximum radius of 20 kilometres. >>

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