Factors Influencing the Implementation of Site Waste Management Plans on UK Projects of all sizes

Jason Von Meding, Yiu Ming Shek, John Spillane, Ashwini Konanahalli

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    The purpose of this research is to identify and assess the opportunities and challenges of implementing a Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) on projects irrespective of size. In the UK, construction and demolition waste accounts for a third of all UK waste. There are a number of factors that influence the implementation of SWMPs. In order to identify and analyse these factors, 4 unstructured interviews were carried out and a sample of 56 participants completed a questionnaire survey. The scope of the study was limited to UK
    construction industry professionals. The analysis revealed that more needs to be done if the industry is to meet government targets of reduction in construction related waste going to landfill. In addition, although SWMP may not yet be legally required on all construction projects, clients and contractors need to realise
    the benefits to cut costs and implement best practice by adopting a SWMP. The benefits of implementing a SWMP will not only help to achieve this but also gain significant cost savings on projects and is also extremely beneficial to the environment. This study presents evidence that contractors need to do more to reduce waste and draws a clear link between waste reduction and the implementation of SWMPs. The findings are useful in the ongoing efforts to encourage the industry to find smarter, more efficient and less
    damaging ways to operate
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2013
    EventRICS COBRA 2013 Research Conference - Taj Palace, New Delhi, India
    Duration: 10 Sept 201312 Sept 2013


    ConferenceRICS COBRA 2013 Research Conference
    CityNew Delhi


    • Construction
    • Demolition
    • Site waste management plan
    • UK
    • waste


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