A theory of waste behaviour in the construction industry

Teo, Melissa & Loosemore, Martin (2001) A theory of waste behaviour in the construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 19(7), pp. 741-751.

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Levels of waste within the construction industry need to be reduced for environmental and economic reasons. Changing people's wasteful behaviour can make a significant contribution. This paper describes a research project that used Ajzen's 'theory of planned behaviour' to investigate the attitudinal forces that shape behaviour at the operative level. It concludes that operatives see waste as an inevitable by-product of construction activity. Attitudes towards waste management are not negative, although they are pragmatic and impeded by perceptions of a lack of managerial commitment. Waste management is perceived as a low project priority, and there is an absence of appropriate resources and incentives to support it. A theory of waste behaviour is proposed for the construction industry, and recommendations are made to help managers improve operatives' attitudes towards waste.

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ID Code: 45879
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Attitudes, Waste, Behaviour, Operatives, Environment, Sustainability
DOI: 10.1080/01446190110067037
ISSN: 1466-433X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building not elsewhere classified (120299)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Taylor and Francis Ltd.
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Construction Management and Economics (C) 2001 (copyright Taylor & Francis); Construction Management and Economics is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/01446190110067037
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2011 23:38
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2011 01:48

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