Material Waste in the Northern Ireland Construction Industry: On-Site Management Causes and Methods of Prevention

Marina Marinelli, Matthew Dolan, John Spillane, Ashwini Konanahalli

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    The construction industry in Northern Ireland is one of the major contributors of construction waste to landfill each year. The aim of this research paper is to identify the core on-site management causes of material waste on construction sites in Northern Ireland and to illustrate various methods of prevention which can be adopted. The research begins with a detailed literature review and is complemented with the conduction of semi-structured interviews with 6 professionals who are experienced and active within the Northern Ireland construction industry. Following on from the literature review and interviews analysis, a questionnaire survey is developed to obtain further information in relation to the subject area. The questionnaire is based on the key findings of the previous stages to direct the research towards the most influential factors. The analysis of the survey responses reveals that the core causes of waste generation include a rushed program, poor handling and on-site damage of materials, while the principal methods of prevention emerge as the adequate storage, the reuse of material on-site and efficient material ordering. Furthermore, the role of the professional background in the shaping of perceptions relevant to waste management is also investigated and significant differences are identified. The findings of this research are beneficial for the industry as they enhance the understanding of construction waste generation causes and highlight the practices required to reduce waste on-site in the context of sustainable development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference
    EditorsA. Raiden, E. Adaogye-Nimo
    PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9780955239083
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2014
    EventARCOM 30th Annual Conference - Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    Duration: 01 Sep 201403 Sep 2014


    ConferenceARCOM 30th Annual Conference
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    OtherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)

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