Barriers to Building and Construction Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling: A Case Study of the Australian Capital Region

Patrick Zou, Robyn HARDY, Rebecca Yang

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    Abstract

    Building and construction waste materials continue to be a major problem causing significant environmental impact worldwide. Broad university-industry collaborative research was undertaken in 2014 to identify the barriers, opportunities and strategies for reducing, reusing and recycling building and construction waste materials in the Australian Capital Region (located in the south-eastern corner of Australia and includes the Australian Capital Territory). This paper presents and discusses the results in relation to the barriers and possible strategies to overcome these barriers. To identify the barriers several workshops and interviews were undertaken. The workshop participants and interviewees were first provided a list of 12 barriers derived from review of relevant literature. They were then asked to think ‘outside of the box’ to identify any more barriers that were not captured in the list. Seven new barriers were identified, resulting in a total of 19 barriers. This research contributes to the field by identifying new barriers and providing corresponding strategies, which were developed together with frontline practitioners and managers. The overall outcomes have led to the development of the second stage of this collaborative research project.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEPress
    EditorsM Panko, L Kestle
    Place of PublicationAuckland
    PublisherUnitec Institute of Technology
    Pages27-35
    Number of pages9
    Volume1
    ISBN (Print)9781927214176
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventBuilding Today - Saving Tomorrow: Sustainability in Construction and Deconstruction Conference - Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 15 Jul 201517 Jul 2015

    Conference

    ConferenceBuilding Today - Saving Tomorrow: Sustainability in Construction and Deconstruction Conference
    CountryNew Zealand
    CityAuckland
    Period15/07/1517/07/15

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