The efficacy of waste management plans in Australian commercial construction refurbishment projects

Hardie, Mary , Khan, Shahed , O’Donnell, Angela , & Miller, Graham (2007) The efficacy of waste management plans in Australian commercial construction refurbishment projects. Australian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, vol.7, pp. 26-36.


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Renovation and refurbishment of the existing commercial building stock is a growing area of total construction activity and a significant generator of waste sent to landfill in Australia. A written waste management plan (WMP) is a widespread regulatory requirement for commercial office redevelopment projects. There is little evidence, however, that WMPs actually increase the quantity of waste that is ultimately diverted from landfill. Some reports indicate an absence of any formal verification or monitoring process by regulators to assess the efficacy of the plans. In order to gauge the extent of the problem a survey was conducted of twenty four consultants and practitioners involved in commercial office building refurbishment projects to determine the state of current practice with regard to WMPs and to elicit suggestions with regard to ways of making the process more effective. Considerable variation in commitment to recycling policies was encountered indicating a need to revisit waste minimisation practices if the environmental performance of refurbishment projects is to be improved.

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ID Code: 27538
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: CRC for Construction Innovation, Program C : Delivery Management of Built Assets , Project 2003-026-C : Delivering a Re-Life Project
ISSN: 1835-6354
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