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Assessment of Construction Waste to Identify Issues that Disrupt Sustainable Development: Case Studies in Sindh, Pakistan

Ayesha Alam Khurram, Nadia Qamar


Due to intensification of construction works throughout the globe, the construction industry is facing challenges of managing construction waste. Researchers are innovating advanced construction waste management (CWM) techniques that can tackle bulkiness of the waste that remains problematic even after the construction. In Pakistan, a very little research is done to promote effective handling of such wastes. This paper presents the study done at construction sites in Daulatpur, Sindh, Pakistan during their peak construction stages. The construction sites were surveyed to calculate the construction waste which was produced during ground excavation, reinforcement works (steel), cement usage, and fine and coarse aggregates preparation and utilization. The volume and type of construction waste was estimated by site surveying, analysis of BOQs (bill of quantities) and MBs (measurement bills). The study shows that there is lack of awareness about the degree of harm that construction waste causes to the sustainability of the environment. The wastes at construction sites are horribly taken care of during every stage of construction from executing construction to waste disposal, then to handing over the site to the client. This paper proposes CWM techniques that can easily be adopted in Pakistan to ensure a sustainable development and a restored environment. The CWM techniques explain that how to cope with the waste by waste minimization, waste reuse, waste reconditioning, and waste disposal.

Keywords: Construction waste management (CWM), sustainable development, green environment, waste minimizing, waste reconditioning.

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Nadia Qamar, Ayesha Alam Khurram.Assessment of Construction Waste to Identify Issues that Disrupt Sustainable Development: Case Studies in Sindh, Pakistan. Recent Trends in Civil Engineering & Technology. 2017; 7(2): 10-17p.

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