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Minimizing waste on construction project sites

O.O. FANIRAN (Correspondence: Dr O.O. Faniran, 1/5–7 Riverview Street, West Ryde, NSW 2114, Australia)
G. CABAN (Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology, Sydney, PO Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 1 February 1998

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Abstract

Waste minimization strategies and the relative significance of construction waste sources were examined using a survey of 24 construction firms operating in Australia. The results indicated that a sizeable proportion of respondent firms did not have specific policies for minimizing waste. Furthermore, while a majority of firms with specific waste minimization policies made efforts to minimize waste at source, i.e. to avoid generating waste in the first place, this minimization was limited to waste generated by site offices and amenities. Potential scope exists for improving the effectiveness of waste minimization at source by addressing the sources of all waste generated during the construction phase. The survey results indicated that the five most significant sources of construction waste were design changes, leftover material scraps, wastes from packaging and non‐reclaimable consumables, design/detailing errors, and poor weather. Potential opportunities for minimizing the amount of waste generated on construction project sites are identified.

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FANIRAN, O.O. and CABAN, G. (1998), "Minimizing waste on construction project sites", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 182-188. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb021073

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