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EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT WASTE SORTING IN CONSTRUCTION SITES

Modig Johansson, Kajsa LU (2015)
Abstract
Purpose: Construction waste is one of the larger waste streams in the developed world. Its environmental impact can be reduced by increased waste sorting. Waste sorting efficiency, however, is influenced by the characteristics of an evolving construction site with space limitation, changing layout, different waste streams over time, and the many different actors involved. This study explores factors that affect waste sorting efficiency and effectiveness based on the experience of recycling systems of construction and environmental personnel.
Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative study was conducted consisting of semi-structured interviews with construction and environmental personnel in southern Sweden.
Findings: This study... (More)
Purpose: Construction waste is one of the larger waste streams in the developed world. Its environmental impact can be reduced by increased waste sorting. Waste sorting efficiency, however, is influenced by the characteristics of an evolving construction site with space limitation, changing layout, different waste streams over time, and the many different actors involved. This study explores factors that affect waste sorting efficiency and effectiveness based on the experience of recycling systems of construction and environmental personnel.
Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative study was conducted consisting of semi-structured interviews with construction and environmental personnel in southern Sweden.
Findings: This study identifies four key challenges that need to be taken into consideration when designing and operating waste sorting systems at construction sites: distance and frequency, information and predictability, shape and design, safety and ergonomics. Preliminary suggestions that can be used to improve the system are presented.
Research limitations/implications: The small sample size and the geographical restriction may limit the outcomes of this research. Further studies are needed to provide a more robust scientific justification.
Practical implications: Whilst significant progress has been made in the field of waste sorting, further improvements can reduce the environmental impact from construction projects even more. This paper offers a practical way of addressing the key challenges of how to structure effective and efficient waste sorting systems in rapidly changing environments.
Originality/value:This paper provides an improved understanding that effective and efficient waste sorting needs to include the physical situation as well as psychological factors. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Purpose: Construction waste is one of the larger waste streams in the developed world. Its environmental impact can be reduced by increased waste sorting. Waste sorting efficiency, however, is influenced by the characteristics of an evolving construction site with space limitation, changing layout, different waste streams over time, and the many different actors involved. This study explores factors that affect waste sorting efficiency and effectiveness based on the experience of recycling systems of construction and environmental personnel.<br/>Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative study was conducted consisting of semi-structured interviews with construction and environmental personnel in southern Sweden.<br/>Findings: This study identifies four key challenges that need to be taken into consideration when designing and operating waste sorting systems at construction sites: distance and frequency, information and predictability, shape and design, safety and ergonomics. Preliminary suggestions that can be used to improve the system are presented.<br/>Research limitations/implications: The small sample size and the geographical restriction may limit the outcomes of this research. Further studies are needed to provide a more robust scientific justification.<br/>Practical implications: Whilst significant progress has been made in the field of waste sorting, further improvements can reduce the environmental impact from construction projects even more. This paper offers a practical way of addressing the key challenges of how to structure effective and efficient waste sorting systems in rapidly changing environments.<br/>Originality/value:This paper provides an improved understanding that effective and efficient waste sorting needs to include the physical situation as well as psychological factors.},
  author       = {Modig Johansson, Kajsa},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {06},
  pages        = {13},
  publisher    = {NOFOMA},
  title        = {EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT WASTE SORTING IN CONSTRUCTION SITES},
  year         = {2015},
}