Concrete from renovation and maintenance projects at Schiphol can now be crushed to make new concrete or foundation material.

In collaboration with Heijmans and VolkerWessels Infra Schiphol, the material is recycled and used in construction projects at the airport. This circular solution contributes to Schiphol's goal of becoming a waste-free airport by 2030.

“With this recycling facility, we are closing the concrete recycling circle on our own grounds. Every year, 60,000 tonnes of concrete rubble is left over after renovations and maintenance works. We don't simply throw it away. We mix, break and crush the rubble so that it can be reused in all sorts of projects at Schiphol, such as aircraft stands. This is a substantial step towards circularity at the airport,” said Sybren Hahn, director asset management, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The new facility closes the concrete recycling circle on Schiphol's grounds

The recycling facility, where concrete rubble is also stored and sorted, is the size of two football pitches. The foundation is made from recycled rubble from Schiphol. At this site, concrete rubble is broken into small chunks using large crushing units before mixing units turn it into recycled concrete products. All major construction partners at the airport can use the installations on the site, which is located on Zonnekruidweg at Schiphol Northwest, towards Badhoevedorp.

Images: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol