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Economic Viability of Construction and Demolition Waste Management in terms of Cost Savings - A Case of UK Construction Industry

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The excessive building material waste, ineffective management on construction site, lack of data available on waste management strategies, lack of administrative capacity at local and regional level, ineffective enforcement and control of sound business plans and waste practices are common in some UK constriction sites. Today, in most European states, it is economically viable to recycle up to 80-90% of the overall C&D waste [21]. The rapid growth of the construction industry alongside complex activities have been responsible for the increase in the amount of waste generation which often result to the economic consideration in terms of cost-savings. With the increase in management and recycling operational costs and the lack of trained staff and expertise to undertaken appropriate measures to minimize waste, the UK construction industry faces a number of challenges in recent times. This paper aims to present the economic viability of applying the 3Rs principle to C&D waste in terms of cost savings in the UK construction industry.
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