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A statistical approach to predict waste generation rates to support recycling programmes

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Construction wastes constitute material with high potential for on-site reuse and off-site recycling; however, a significant fraction of this waste is still directed to landfills. Inability to predict time-dependent and activity-specific waste generation rates is one of the barriers to successful implementation of a construction waste minimisation programme. This paper discusses the development of an activity-specific waste generation data set and a statistical model to predict waste generation at construction sites. This paper also discusses the potential applications of an improved model based on the concept of activity-specific waste generation to facilitate implementation of a construction waste minimisation programme at site.

Keywords: waste generation prediction, construction waste, probability distribution functions, recycling, solid waste management

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