Waste generation by the construction industry is a significant issue for the industry and for society generally. The paper examines previous studies about attitudes towards waste management within the industry and by means of a small questionnaire study sets out to examine: the extent of labour only sub‐contractors' awareness and understanding of waste as an issue, their perceptions of the causes of waste and their attitudes towards the allocation of financial responsibility for waste minimisation. The survey shows that the results of previous studies can be extended to labour only sub‐contractors and it identifies a willingness, beyond what might have been anticipated for this group, to accept some of the costs of waste reduction.
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