This report presents the results of a study which formed part of a research project by the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) on "Waste Minimisation and Recycling in Construction". The project aimed to: (1) investigate current knowledge (Stage 1); and (2) produce guides to advise practitioners on how to improve their practices (Stage 2). The report outlines the issues identified in Stage 1, and recommends additional studies to meet the recommendations of Stage 2. Construction materials can be classified into three groups according to their: (1) potential for reuse in construction; (2) potential for recycling off-site; and (3) lack of potential for reuse or recycling, so that waste from their use should be minimised. Various materials are assessed, to determine whether they should be prioritised for reuse, recycling, or waste minimisation. Relevant design and site issues are addressed. Stage 1 identified the following main areas for further research: (1) data collection; (2) economic studies; (3) waste material markets and logistics; and (4) overseas experience. It is envisaged that Stage 2 will include: (1) the preparation of a practical guide; (2) several on-site surveys; and (3) some economic modelling.

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    Construction Industry Research & Information Assoc

    6 Storey's Gate
    London SW1P 3AU,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Guthrie, P
    • MALLETT, H
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 92 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 122
    • Publisher: Construction Industry Research & Information Assoc

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716057
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86017-428-X
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1996 12:00AM