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Partnerships for Sustainability: A New Approach to Highway Material
A Report on the Houston Workshop


To conduct a workshop on recycled materials is far from a new idea. Maybe two to four significant recycling efforts are conducted nationally each year. To ask that highway materials and environmental specialists from the individual state Departments of Transportation meet at the same workshop adds quite a different twist to the conventional workshop theme. But then, to add individual state Departments of Environmental Protection and beneficial use specialists along with the Federal Highway Administration, (FHWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the American State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) and mix them with some very important European recycling specialists might really start to attract attention.

Why assemble this very diverse crowd? In September 1999, representatives from the above groups visited Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and France under the sponsorship of the FHWA and AASHTO International Scan Program and the Recycled Materials Resource Center (RMRC) at the University of New Hampshire. The objective of the study was to review and document innovative policies, program and techniques that these European countries may have on recycling construction materials.

This report documents this very creative workshop. The opinions represent a consensus of disciplines that heretofore had not worked on this common issue. All brought their own specialty to the workshop but found a way to meet on common ground. For the most part, the opinions represent a "view for the middle" - middle managers and specialists that would like to unite on common recycling ground.

Special thanks go to the Federal Highway Administration, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the RMRC for financially and technically sponsoring this workshop. Our final thanks go to our European guests who gave of their time and energy to support the workshop.

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Office of Asset Management, Pavements, and Construction
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Updated: 02/20/2015

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