Slender waste: reducing the girth of construction and demolition waste to landfill in Alice Springs

  • YEAR
    2015
  • AUTHORS
    Mathur, Deepika
  • CATEGORIES
    2015 Conference Papers
    Conference Papers
    Construction, Materials and Technology

Extract

Construction and demolition (C&D) waste is a critical issue nationally where it forms more than one third of the total waste generated. Several town councils and other regulatory authorities have developed policies towards construction and demolition material recovery and resource efficiency. However the situation with C&D waste is very different in the Northern Territory, especially in remote regional centres such as Alice Springs. Whereas metropolitan centres are now able to recycle 40% of the C&D waste, Alice Springs only manages to salvage 2%. This paper argues that there is need for context specific approaches to construction and demolition waste management in remote regional centres because of barriers arising out of the physicality of the location. To this extent, This paper aims to identify the current building waste streams in Alice Springs as well as understand the stakeholders’ behaviour towards reducing building waste.

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