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Adjei, S D, Ankrah, N A, Ndekugri, I and Searle, D (2018) Sustainable construction and demolition waste management: Comparison of corporate and project level drivers. In: Gorse, C and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2018, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 99–108.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: construction project; excavation; legislation; waste management; contractor; sustainability; case study
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9955463-2-5
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ea50802e434d188a431ae029fc56ea25.pdf
  • Abstract:

    The need for sustainable management of construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) waste has for some years been considered a very important requirement in the construction industry. Construction industries have responded to the calls for waste management of waste by instituting measures towards sustainably managing materials and waste to reduce the negative burden of the industry on the environment. Today, almost all main contractor organisations have sustainability policies which cover the management of waste. These policies have led to the setting up of sustainable goals and requirements as part of the management of construction projects. Research on the drivers for sustainable management of waste in the construction industry suggest that, legislation and economic concerns are the key drivers for efforts by construction companies in this regard. Through a multiple case study involving four construction companies and nine construction projects, this research qualitatively investigates the different factors that drive waste management in the construction industry at the corporate and project level. The results provide new evidence which suggest that the drivers for waste management differ between the project level and the corporate level. This suggests that a better understanding of the drivers for sustainable waste management from both the corporate and project levels can provide insights that will have the potential to positively influence the outcome of efforts towards sustainable waste management. This research makes recommendations for a better approach to sustainable CD&E waste management based on this new insight.