Construction and Demolition Waste Management: Developing a Cost Effective Plan


The costs to dispose of construction and demolition (C&D) wastes have risen sharply, forcing contractors to reevaluate waste disposal methods and choose whether to view C&D waste as simply as rubbish or as a resource. The basis for implementing a waste management plan (WMP) is derived both from a concern for protecting the environment and a concern for cost. Two issues must be addressed when analyzing C&D wastes. The first is, there must be an effective way to compare alternative methods of handling C&D waste. The second is that a contractor must be able to address the environmental conservation of C&D wastes without losing any competitive advantages that might discourage conservation and impact a company's overall economic performance.

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29th Mid-Atlantic Industrial and Hazardous Waste Conference (1997: Jul. 13-16, Blacksburg, VA)


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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Cost effectiveness; Demolition; Environmental impact; Environmental protection; Industrial economics; Land fill, Waste management, Industrial waste disposal

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Jul 1997

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