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Volume 266, 2019International Conference on Built Environment and Engineering 2018 - “Enhancing Construction Industry Through IR4.0” (IConBEE2018)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE)|
|Published online||20 February 2019|
Adopting the Zero Waste Concept for Eliminating C&D Waste in the Construction Industry
Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
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Construction industry is one of the key economic players in any region, where Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste generation occurs due to continuous construction and demolition activities. The C&D waste mainly comprises cement, timber, brick, concrete, aluminium, tile, steel, plastic, polythene, paper, and cardboard. Such wastes have led to several environmental, economic, and social issues over the past years. Therefore, C&D waste management is considered as a persuasive matter that needs to address, and hence, the “Zero Waste” concept has emerged as a solution to eliminate the C&D waste. Zero waste is the elimination of waste at the source and throughout the construction activity. Accordingly, implementation of the Zero waste concept in the construction industry helps to optimise the use of natural resources, reduce environmental issues and to promote sustainability. However, only limited studies are available on zero waste management in the construction industry, and hence the present study aims to investigate the adoption of zero waste concept to eliminate C&D waste in developing countries. The paper outcomes based on a comprehensive literature review and the significant findings of this research paper are the recognition of strategies, enablers, and barriers to adopting zero waste concept in the construction industry.
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