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Sustainability 2017, 9(3), 450; doi:10.3390/su9030450

Enhanced On-Site Waste Management of Plasterboard in Construction Works: A Case Study in Spain

Research Group Sustainability in Construction and Industry giSCI–UPM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 30 December 2016 / Revised: 27 February 2017 / Accepted: 14 March 2017 / Published: 18 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)
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Abstract

On-site management of construction waste commonly determines its destination. In the case of plasterboard (PB), on-site segregation becomes crucial for closed-loop recycling. However, PB is commonly mixed with other wastes in Spain. In this context, the involvement of stakeholders that can contribute to reversing this current situation is needed. This paper analyzes on-site waste management of PB in Spain through a pilot study of a construction site, with the main objective of identifying best practices to increase waste prevention, waste minimization, and the recyclability of the waste. On-site visits and structured interviews were conducted. The results show five management stages: PB distribution (I); PB installation (II); Construction waste storage at the installation area (III); PB waste segregation at the installation area (IV) and PB waste transfer to the PB container and storage (V). The proposed practices refer to each stage and include the merging of Stages III and IV. This measure would avoid the mixing of waste fractions in Stage III, maximizing the recyclability of PB. In addition, two requisites for achieving enhanced management are analyzed: ‘Training and commitment’ and ‘fulfilling the requirements established by the current regulation’. The results show that foremen adopted a more pessimistic attitude than installers towards a joint commitment for waste management. Moreover, not all supervisors valued the importance of a site waste management plan, regulated by the Royal Decree 105/2008 in Spain. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable construction; post-consumer waste; C&D waste; circular economy; plasterboard; gypsum; waste prevention; recycling; stakeholders; construction agents sustainable construction; post-consumer waste; C&D waste; circular economy; plasterboard; gypsum; waste prevention; recycling; stakeholders; construction agents
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Jiménez-Rivero, A.; de Guzmán-Báez, A.; García-Navarro, J. Enhanced On-Site Waste Management of Plasterboard in Construction Works: A Case Study in Spain. Sustainability 2017, 9, 450.

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