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Title: Major obstacles to improving the performance of waste management in China's construction industry
Authors: Yuan, H
Shen, L
Wang, J
Keywords: China
Construction industry
Factor analysis
Performance measurement (quality)
Waste management
Issue Date: 2011
Source: Facilities, 2011, v. 29, no. 5, p. 224-242 How to cite?
Journal: Facilities 
Abstract: Purpose: The generation of construction and demolition waste in China is a pressing need to be minimized in order to alleviate the environmental burden. The effectiveness of implementing construction and demolition waste management in this economy, however, is very limited due to various barriers. Therefore, this paper aims to explore the major obstacles to managing construction and demolition waste in China. Design/methodology/approach: The views from Chinese practitioners were collected via a questionnaire survey. The respondents were invited to rate a total of 16 obstacles that hinder the effective implementation of construction and demolition waste management as gleaned from previous literature and six semi-structured interviews. The results of the questionnaire were analyzed by ranking analysis and factor analysis. Findings: The findings show that "lack of a well-developed waste recycling market", "insufficient regulation support" and "waste reduction does not receive sufficient attention in construction design" are perceived as the three barriers of most importance. Furthermore, the 16 obstacles could be grouped into five underlying components including: component 1 - weak awareness and inadequate training, component 2 - insufficient support of the authority, component 3 - economic consideration, component 4 - immature market and component 5 - barriers related to site activity. Practical implications: Based on the findings, industry practitioners' understandings about the barriers to better performing construction and demolition waste management in China can be deepened. Furthermore, the results also provide useful information for developing strategies to improve the performance of construction and demolition waste management in China. Originality/value: Major obstacles to improving the performance of construction and demolition waste management in China are identified and analyzed in this study.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/31138
ISSN: 0263-2772
DOI: 10.1108/02632771111120538
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