On the prevailing waste recycling methods: a southeast Queensland study

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Title On the prevailing waste recycling methods: a southeast Queensland study
Author Kotrayothar, D; Tam, Vivian Wing Yan; Loo, Yew-Chaye
Publication Title Fourth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century: Accelerating Innovation in Engineering, Management and Technology
Editor Syed M. Ahmed, Ph.D.
Year Published 2007
Abstract In Australia, waste generated from construction and building demolition work constitutes about 44% of the total amount each year. Consequently, it has created a serious waste management problem. The State Governments of Victoria and New South Wales have been pushing for the use of recycled materials; they have promulgated specifications for the use of recycled aggregate from construction and related waste. However, in Queensland, similar specifications are not available, which explains the lack of research conducted in this important area. This paper presents an evaluation of the prevailing waste recycling methods used in Queensland. Nine sites have been visited, including two construction sites, three demolition sites, three recycling plants and one landfill in Southeast Queensland. Difficulties encountered by the recycling operators and their associates from these site visits are investigated. One of the major barriers is that the local councils disallow the use of recycled materials in construction activities! To help improve the situations, state and local authorities should implement policies encourage the use of recycled construction waste. This can be done by: (i) developing specification for the use of recycled materials; and (ii) increasing landfill disposal charges for construction and building companies to discourage dumping.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.fiu.edu/~citc/citc4/index.htm
Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 CITC-IV, USA. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Use hypertext link for access to conference website.
ISBN 1884342021
Conference name Fourth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-IV)
Location Gold Coast
Date From 2007-07-11
Date To 2007-07-13
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/15304
Date Accessioned 2007-07-30
Date Available 2009-10-20T22:13:12Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Building Construction Management
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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