Improving waste management in construction projects: an Australian study

Udawatta, Nilupa, Zuo, Jian, Chiveralls, Keri and Zillante, George 2015, Improving waste management in construction projects: an Australian study, Resources, conservation and recycling, vol. 101, pp. 73-83, doi: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2015.05.003.

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Title Improving waste management in construction projects: an Australian study
Author(s) Udawatta, NilupaORCID iD for Udawatta, Nilupa
Zuo, Jian
Chiveralls, Keri
Zillante, George
Journal name Resources, conservation and recycling
Volume number 101
Start page 73
End page 83
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-08
ISSN 0921-3449
Keyword(s) Solutions
Waste management
Construction projects
Factor analysis
Summary Construction waste generation has been identified as one of the major issues in the construction industry due to its direct impacts on the environment as well as the efficiency of the construction industry. As the industry cannot continue to practice if the environmental resources on which it depends are depleted, the significance of waste management needs to be understood in order to encourage stakeholders to achieve related goals. Therefore, this research aims to determine effective approaches to eliminate and/or minimise waste generation in construction projects. Mixed methods were adopted by combining qualitative and quantitative research approaches. Interviews and a questionnaire survey were conducted as the primary data collection methods. The findings reveal twenty six critical solutions for waste management. Five factors of solutions for waste management were extracted from the exploratory factor analysis. These factors were: team building and supervision; strategic guidelines in waste management; proper design and documentation; innovation in waste management decisions; and lifecycle management. The evidence from this study suggests that both technologies and attitudinal approaches require improvement to eliminate/minimise waste generation in construction projects. Similarly, attention should be paid to being mindful of the environmental effects of waste generation and avoiding waste generation as early as possible in construction projects.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.resconrec.2015.05.003
Field of Research 05 Environmental Sciences
09 Engineering
12 Built Environment And Design
120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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