Attitudes towards recycling on construction sites

Vivian W.Y. Tam*, Jane J.L. Hao

*Corresponding author for this work

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Waste management is a major area of concern for construction industries around the world. As the general public becomes more environmentally aware, waste management policies need to be evaluated with a view to making them more effective. With the number of environmental friendly construction projects on the increase, this study examines the attitude towards recycling on construction projects in contextual and applicational issues within Toronto, Canada. A number of theoretical factors causing waste and restricting construction projects from recycling are examined, and the current state of the Toronto construction industry is investigated by conducting a questionnaire survey of key personnel working in the field of construction project management. The aim is to determine what restricts construction sites from recycling and what would create incentives for this to become a more popular practice. The study found that compared with construction industries in other parts of the world, the Toronto construction industry is doing relatively well in terms of recycling and waste management. This paper can provide references for effective implementation of waste management in construction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Waste and Resource Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Environment
  • Recycling & reuse of materials
  • Sustainability


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