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dc.contributor.authorGangolells Solanellas, Marta
dc.contributor.authorCasals Casanova, Miquel
dc.contributor.authorForcada Matheu, Núria
dc.contributor.authorMacarulla Martí, Marcel
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria de la Construcció
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament de Projectes d'Enginyeria
dc.identifier.citationGangolells, M. [et al.]. Analysis of the implementation of effective waste management practices in construction projects and sites. "Resources, conservation and recycling", 2014, vol. 93, p. 99-111.
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, the implementation of effective waste management practices in construction projects and sites is analyzed, using data from a survey answered by 74 Spanish construction companies based in Catalonia. Most commonly implemented practices were found to be on-site cleanliness and order, correct storage of raw materials, and prioritization of the nearest authorized waste managers. The least widespread practices were the use of a mobile crusher on site, the creation of individualized drawings for each construction site, and the dissemination of the contents of the waste management plan to all workers, to help them to meet its requirements. Waste regulations for construction and demolition, and the corresponding construction waste management facilities, were designed before the recession in the Spanish construction sector. Current waste generation rates are still below predicted levels, and the infrastructure was designed for five times more waste generation. Even so, the percentage of reused and recycled waste currently amounts to 43%. Survey respondents highlighted various instruments and measures that would make the management of construction and demolition waste more sustainable. Most of the opportunities identified by construction firms are within the scope of government and related to a combined system of bonus and penalties and the establishment of environmental awareness and training programmes for all the stakeholders. Within the scope of authorized waste managers, firms suggested improvements such as the standardization of fees, a reduction of the time until the issue of waste management certificates, a higher number of inspections, and a change in the current model of a few large construction waste management facilities. This research is useful to better understand the current status of construction and demolition waste management in construction projects and sites. Thus, the results of this research will guide policy makers and relevant stakeholders such as contractors, clients, architects and engineers to achieve the EU target of recovering 70% of construction and demolition waste in 2020. In this sense, reliable information can help governments and professional associations to set future C&D waste management regulations, training programmes and dissemination tools, inspections, etc.
dc.format.extent13 p.
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Edificació::Gestió d’obres ::Planificació i programació d’obres
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Desenvolupament humà i sostenible::Política i gestió ambiental::Gestió de residus
dc.subject.lcshConstruction industry--Waste disposal
dc.subject.lcshRefuse and refuse disposal
dc.subject.lcshConstruction industry--Waste minimization
dc.subject.otherConstruction and demolition waste management
dc.subject.otherConstruction companies
dc.subject.otherConstruction sites
dc.subject.otherWaste management practices
dc.titleAnalysis of the implementation of effective waste management practices in construction projects and sites
dc.subject.lemacIndústria de la construcció -- Residus
dc.subject.lemacIndústria de la construcció -- Reciclatge (Residus, etc.)
dc.subject.lemacIndústria de la construcció -- Residus -- Catalunya
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. GRIC - Grup de Recerca i Innovació de la Construcció
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer Reviewed
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.description.versionPostprint (author's final draft)
upcommons.citation.authorGangolells, M.; Casals, M.; Forcada, N.; Macarulla, M.
upcommons.citation.publicationNameResources, conservation and recycling

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