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Commercialising reclaimed materials in earthworks – guidelines for productization and the process of appending these materials in the Finnish national code of practice

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th Nordic Geotechnical Meeting Reykjavik Iceland
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges in Nordic Geotechnic 25th - 28th of May
Place of PublicationReykjavik
PublisherIcelandic Geotechnical Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-9935-24-002-6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


Period1/01/00 → …


To decrease the use of non-renewable natural resources as well as environmental effects of earth-works, natural aggregate materials can be replaced with recycled materials acquired from surplus soil, industrial by-products and waste, etc. When wishing to increase the usage of these reclaimed materials (=“UUMA”-material), the usage must be straightforward for developers, designers and constructors alike. To make this possible, the materials must have design guidelines for their appro-priate applications. They must be productized and CE marked or otherwise authorized, and the con-struction guidelines for the materials must be included in the Finnish general specifications for in-frastructural construction works (InfraRYL). As productization is especially important in increasing the usage of UUMA materials, guidelines for vendors are being drawn that present information on commercializing reclaimed materials to be used in earthworks. The guidelines for productization are being prepared in the Finnish national UUMA2 programme (2013-2017, www.uuma2.fi), which was created to promote the use of recycled materials in earthworks.