Inderscience Publishers

Recycling construction materials in a developing country: four case studies

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This study identifies, documents, and assesses the existing levels of awareness and implementation of sustainability practices amongst the different participants in the Lebanese construction industry. The analysis is based on a survey of owners, designers, and contractors supplemented with four case studies illustrating the recycling of construction demolition waste (CDW). The results indicate an acceptable level of awareness, but a mediocre level of implementation of sustainable practices which were limited to green design efforts and uncoordinated attempts at recycling construction demolition materials. The study concludes with recommendations on how to: 1) further improve awareness regarding sustainable practices amongst the various stakeholders in the Lebanese construction industry; 2) overcome some of the obstacles preventing higher recycling rates.

Keywords: sustainability, recycling, construction materials, demolition waste, asphalt, pavements, roads, Lebanon, sustainable development

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