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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Current Applications of Recycled Aggregates from Construction and Demolition: A Review

dos Reis, Glaydson Simoes; Quattrone, Marco; Ambros, Weslei Monteiro; Grigore Cazacliu, Bogdan; Hoffmann Sampaio, Carlos


A literature review comprising 163 publications published over a period of 26 years from 1992 to 2018 is presented in this paper. This review discusses the generation and recycling of construction and demolition waste (CDW) as well as its main uses as raw materials for the construction engineering sector. This review pays attention to the use of CDW aggregates for sand, pavements/roads, bricks, ceramics, cementitious materials, and concrete productions, as well its uses as eco-friendly materials for water decontamination. The physical-chemical and mechanical characteristics of recycled aggregates play an important role in their correctly chosen applications. The results found in this literature survey allow us to conclude that recycled aggregates from CDW can be successfully used to produce construction materials with quality comparable to those produced with natural aggregates. We concluded that the use of CDWs as raw materials for manufacturing new construction materials is technically feasible, economical, and constitutes an environmentally friendly approach for a future construction and demolition waste management strategy.


construction and demolition waste (CDW); CDW recycling; construction materials from CDW; recycled concretes; CDW adsorbents

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2021, Volume: 14, number: 7, article number: 1700
Publisher: MDPI

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure
    SDG12 Responsible consumption and production

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    Other Materials Engineering

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