An investigation into the implications of improper waste management planning and alternative, sustainable options

Perkins, Caroline (2016) An investigation into the implications of improper waste management planning and alternative, sustainable options. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The aim of this dissertation is to identify the implications of improper waste management procedures, in order to clarify their successes and demises to provide alternative, more sustainable options to the UK construction industry.
    Within the UK, approximately 10 million tonnes of waste is created every year, singularly through construction, which accounts for around 50% of waste produced overall. Financially, this costs approximately £1.5 billion a year to treat this waste, thus adding vast and unnecessary expense. Over recent decades, current waste management procedures have not only had a severely harmful effect on organisation’s finances, but also the environment and ecological systems. These staggering figures highlight the need for effective waste management plans to be implemented into the UK construction industry, in order to aid the negative impact that is incurred to all aspects of construction.
    The scope of works conducted within this dissertation includes research, based on investigating issues relevant to waste management, with the use of market research to strengthen this.
    The collation of data gathered provided effective and suggestive analysis, which was achieved by the use of research triangulation, through questionnaires, interviews and a case study. The results throughout were consistent with each other, showing similar trend lines of information, which included the notion that there is insufficient training and information surrounding waste management within the UK construction industry. The general consensus highlighted that without enforced protocols for construction industry experts to follow, it was difficult to maintain a high level of priority for waste management when planning, designing and constructing a project. If more information was supplied to those who had the means to incorporate more effective procedures, they would be more aware of the dangers, negative effects and potential financial penalties imposed by improper waste management strategies. As well as this, training should be provided throughout all organisations to inform employees about new efficient processes. Through the use of waste management training, a more widespread understanding of how to implement effective processes could be incorporated into current and future projects.
    To finalise, the recommendations and suggestions were designed to aid and improve current waste management strategies for the benefit of future developments.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2016 10:59
    Last Modified: 01 Sep 2016 10:59

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