Improvement of the statutory framework for construction and demolition waste management exemplified in Germany and Australia

Li, Mei, Kühlen, Anna, Yang, Jay, & Schultmann, Frank (2013) Improvement of the statutory framework for construction and demolition waste management exemplified in Germany and Australia. In Urban Environment: Proceedings of the 11th Urban Environment Symposium (UES), Springer, Karlsruhe, Germany, pp. 15-25.

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Construction and demolition (C&D) waste occupies the largest share of overall waste generation in many countries. However, waste management practices and outcomes may differ between countries. For instance, in Australia, C&D waste recovery is continuously improving during the last years but the amount of C&D waste increases every year, as there has been little improvement in waste avoidance and minimization. In contrast, in Germany, waste generation remains constant over many years despite the continuous economic growth. The waste recycling rate in Germany is one of the highest in the world. However, most waste recycled is from demolition work rather than from waste generated during new construction. In addition, specific laws need to be developed to further reduce landfill of non-recycled waste. Despite of the differences, C&D waste generation and recovery in both countries depend on the effectiveness of the statutory framework, which regulates their waste management practices. This is an issue in other parts of the world as well. Therefore countries can learn from each other to improve their current statutory framework for C&D waste management. By taking Germany and Australia as an example, possible measures to improve current practices of C&D waste management through better statutory tools are identified in this paper. After providing an overview of the statutory framework of both countries and their status in waste generation and recovery, a SWOT analysis is conducted to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the statutory tools. Recommendations to improve the current statutory frameworks, in order to achieve less waste generation and more waste recovery in the construction industry are provided for the German and Australian government and they can also be transferred to other countries.

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ID Code: 54627
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: waste management, statutory framework, construction and demolition
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7756-9_2
ISBN: 978-94-007-7755-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 please consult the authors
Deposited On: 07 Nov 2012 23:08
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2014 16:45

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