Priority for secondary aggregates in construction: German juris® legal article as special print edition
"There is a need to improve the legal framework for the use of mineral substitute construction materials under waste and procurement law. " This is the conclusion drawn by Gregor Franßen, lawyer at Heinemann & Partner, when asked about the legal framework for the use of secondary aggregates in Germany.
"Although the entire legal framework under waste and procurement law is aimed at promoting the use of recycled building materials, there is a considerable contradiction between, on the one hand, the legal and political claim to promote the avoidance and recycling of mineral waste and, on the other hand, the legal practice, which is characterised by the lack of binding force and enforceability of the requirements under waste and procurement law".
At the same time, if one considers the considerable influence that the public sector has on the utilisation of mineral substitute building materials in public construction measures due to its buying power, in that it decides on whether and how to use mineral substitute building materials by designing its tender documents, there is an urgent need for action to optimise the legal framework.
A positive example here is the Waste Act in Thuringia, which Gregor Franßen discusses in a specialist article in the German juris® PraxisReport. Due to the relevance of the article, we have had it produced as a special print, which we make available free of charge and which you can order via our German order page here.