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Waste Manag. 2011 Jun;31(6):1261-76. doi: 10.1016/j.wasman.2011.01.023. Epub 2011 Feb 24.

A model for quantifying construction waste in projects according to the European waste list.

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Departamento de Construcciones Arquitectónicas I, Universidad de Sevilla, ETS de Arquitectura, IUACC, Avda. Reina Mercedes 2, 41012 Sevilla, Spain.


The new EU challenge is to recover 70% by weight of C&D waste in 2020. Literature reveals that one major barrier is the lack of data. Therefore, this paper presents a model which allows technicians to estimate C&D waste during the design stage in order to promote prevention and recovery. The types and quantities of CW are estimated and managed according to EU guidelines, by building elements and specifically for each project. The model would allow detection of the source of the waste and to adopt other alternative procedures which delete hazardous waste and reduce CW. Likewise, it develops a systematic structure of the construction process, a waste classification system and some analytical expressions which are based on factors. These factors depend on technology and represent a standard on site. It would allow to develop a database of waste anywhere. A Spanish case study is covered. Factors were obtained by studying over 20 dwellings. The source and types of packaging waste, remains, soil and hazardous waste were estimated in detail and were compared with other studies. Results reveal that the model can be implemented in projects and the chances of reducing and recovery C&D waste could be increased, well above the EU challenge.

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