A sustainable development: The state of managing costruction and demolition waste recycling

Ashraf El-Assaly, Ossama Salem

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Abstract

Relatively little recovery of Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste is carried out in North America excluding steel, which has a well-established tradition of recycling. However, interest in recycling C&D waste is on the rise and a trend towards increasing diversion exists on a national level. The realization has begun to appear among waste managers that construction and demolition debris is not a waste stream as such as they are wasted resources. Unfortunately, to date, recycling is still the exception rather than the norm. In this paper, the composition of the C&D debris is identified. Sources and quantification of the construction waste stream are presented. In addition, the causes and effects of construction related reasons for waste generation are identified in order to be eliminated or reduced. Definition for various forms of diversion, including reuse, refabrication, and primary and secondary recycling are introduced. Obstacles that are hindering the development of the C&D waste recycling are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages311-321
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
EventCanadian Society for Civil Engineering - 1998 Annual Conference - Halifax, NS, Canada
Duration: Jun 10 1998Jun 13 1998

Other

OtherCanadian Society for Civil Engineering - 1998 Annual Conference
CountryCanada
CityHalifax, NS
Period6/10/986/13/98

Keywords

  • Construction
  • Demolition
  • Management
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • Waste

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    El-Assaly, A., & Salem, O. (1998). A sustainable development: The state of managing costruction and demolition waste recycling. 311-321. Paper presented at Canadian Society for Civil Engineering - 1998 Annual Conference, Halifax, NS, Canada.