Analysing the importance of waste minimisation to create a more sustainable construction history

Mcdonagh, William (2015) Analysing the importance of waste minimisation to create a more sustainable construction history. BEng dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In the United Kingdom the construction industry is responsible for producing over 35 million tonnes of landfill waste every year. To put this into perspective, this equates to 30-35 percent of waste generate in the U.K. With a prediction of U.K landfill sites being used up in the next 5-8 years, the awareness of waste minimisation within UK construction sites needs to be raised. Existing literature suggests that construction waste can be decreased by implementing successful Site Waste Management Plans and focusing on the Waste Hierarchy, emphasising on reusing, recycling, recovery and lastly disposal. Existing literature also suggests that one third of construction waste occurs from design decisions. For example changing decisions last minute, or mid-way through after materials have already been prefabricated. 10million tonnes of construction materials are wasted every year, rounding up at an estimated cost of £1.5 billion. Much of the wastes produced from sites are harmful to the environment as well as being costly to companies and businesses. By raising awareness and emphasising the importance of waste minimisation and successful implantation of SWMP’s, will help contribute to the results of waste minimisation.

    Improving waste minimisation and waste management is becoming absolutely essential if the country’s environmental impacts are to be reduced. By identifying and the most successful and effective waste minimisation channels is the key issue to reducing the amount of waste the UK in producing on construction sites.

    This dissertation will analyse existing research, papers and resources regarding waste minimisation, waste treatment and waste disposal, whilst making comparisons to primary observations accomplished through questionnaires and interviews. The aim of the research is to investigate the awareness of waste minimisation within the UK construction industry and gains feedback regarding the importance of Site Waste Management Plans. An overall objective of this project is to assess different waste management practices and strategies within the construction sector. This research will help review and analyse current legislation from existing sustainability bodies and assessors to the UK government legislation. By analysing these sources, will provide this project with a conclusion regarding the most successful and influential means of waste minimisation in the UK construction industry, whilst providing recommendations based around compared analysis from primary and secondary research.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Alice Bentley
    Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2015 13:27
    Last Modified: 24 Jul 2015 13:27

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