Malaysian construction industry still faces increasing in the generation of construction waste materials and for sure they face problems in the removal of this waste. In the last two decades, huge construction building and infrastructure development projects have led to raise the production of construction waste material. The construction waste has a significant impact on the environment, and its environmental effects are in direct relation to the quality and quantity of the waste it generates. (Begum RA, Siwar C, Pereira JJ, Jaafar AH)
In Malaysia, The construction industry generates a lot of waste material that can be reused and recycled. Most of the waste materials go into landfill which is both direct cost to construction, and workers productivity and also has wider environmental implication. Moreover, Malaysia have little reliable statistic of construction and demolition that shows the rate of waste generation, type of waste, method of handling process of wastage, and the quantity of materials wastage minimized at source, reused or recycled on-site or off-site in a specific type of construction such as residential construction. (Haliza B.M 2010)
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Figure 1.1 :- percentage of waste generated in Malaysia 2002
According to (Hassan et al. 1998) which shows that on average, the generation of waste can be breakdown into 36.73% from household waste, 28.34% from industrial and construction waste while other sources (market and commercial waste, institutional waste, landscaping waste and street sweeping waste) account for the remaining 34.93% in the Central and Southern region of Malaysia as shown in Figure 1.1. This figure shows that the waste generated from construction plays a significant role in contributing to the disposed in the landfills.
The construction fields produce huge amounts of waste by consuming natural resources (Poon, 2007). Waste in the construction industry includes such delays as time, cost, lack of safety, rework, unnecessary transportation journeys, long distances, improper choice or management of programme or equipments and poor constructability.(Lee. et al.,1999)
Wastages affect not only on environment it's also bring extra project costs to the contractors and developers. Many countries especially the developed countries have started to aggressively recycle the construction materials due to its many benefits. In Malaysia, there is a huge potential' in recycling of construction waste and 'if implemented correctly; will only bring about a construction resurgence.
(Wong X. W. 2010)
It is then obvious that waste management should be implemented. Reducing, reusing and recycling appear to be profitable alternatives that will increase the lifetime of landfills and reduce exploration of natural' resources. (Woolley, 2000) Most importantly, our environment will not face more deterioration. In addition to the environmental benefits in reducing the demand on land for disposing the waste, the recycling of construction wastes, can also help to conserve natural materials and to reduce the cost of waste treatment prior to disposal (Poon, 2002).
Despite the efficiency and expertise of the builders in the use of the material there is an increase in the cost of disposal of demolition waste, which requires the need to develop an effective plan for waste management options using the reduction and recycling.
Contractors, developers, architects and engineers should have knowledge about how to deal with construction waste materials by reducing, reusing and recycling. Also the governmental authority must play a role by introducing suitable legislation to implement the law and follow up on all offenders who do not follow the laws. With the expansion of urban areas, all relevant parties must make sure that waste materials are minimized and there is a full execution of recycling, waste materials to guide the construction industry in the right direction.
OBJECTIVE OF RESEARCH
To identify the types of waste materials in construction site
To determine approach being use at construction site to reduce waste materials.
To give recommendation on reduce, reuse, and recycle of construction waste materials.
SCOPE OF STUDY
The study covers area of Selangor at Malaysia.
SIGNIFICANT OF STUDY
Construction industry has an important impact on the environmental in term of unbalanced ecology, change of living environment, potential sewage, and depletion of natural resources, energy usage and production of waste. This study will generally talk about reduction materials wastage issues in construction field.
Reduce the material wastage in construction is approved in applying reuse, recycling and reduce the building materials in construction activities. This thesis reviews the technology on construction waste recycling and their viability.
On this chapter, definition, classifications, advantages of reduce waste construction materials and reasons that lead to waste the materials. Investigate or study the related information about this case in from literature information will be definitely implemented in the Methodology. Literature reviews is very important in the research works and consider as foundation for any study which depend on the information of previous researches that has been carried out on the related subject. It provides further knowledge about the scope of research.
Construction waste material can be defined as the difference between the value of materials delivered and accepted on site and those properly used as specified and accurately measured in the work, after deducting the cost saving of substituted materials transferred elsewhere, in which unnecessary cost and time may be incurred by materials wastage.
Construction waste is any material where there holder has an intention to discard the material as no longer part of the normal commercial cycle or chain of utility.
According to The environmental protection Act 1990 (EPA 90) Section 75 defines waste as
any materials which formalizes remains substances or streaming or other unnecessary surplus substance coming from the application of any process: and
any material which involves to be disposed of as being damaged, run down, spoiled, or contaminated, but does not contain any material that is an explosive within the meaning of the explosives Act 1875; or
Any substances that are unwanted and ignored or on other hand deal with as if the materials were waste shall be supposed to be waste unless the contrary is proved.
(PING, OMRAN, & PAKIR, 2009)
The waste building materials, packaging, and rubble resulting from construction, remodelling, repair, and demolition operations on pavements, houses, commercial buildings, and other structures.
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
Waste is defined as the by-product generated and removed from construction, renovation and demolition workplaces or sites of building and civil engineering structure.
Waste is defined as any material by-product of human and industry activity has no residual value. (Serpell and Alarcon, 1998)
Construction materials wastage is unused materials (such as blocks, bricks, concrete, glass, plastics, steel, wood and soil generated by new building construction, renovation, or pulling down of existing construction.
The World Book Dictionary defines waste as "useless or worthless material; stuff to be thrown away.
MAJOR TYPES OF WASTE MATERIALS
According to the Environment Protection Department (EPD) (Chung, 2000) .The additional wastages require more time and extra resources for removal which might delay the building operations. The most important sources of construction material waste containing such as:
7. Tile, ceramic tile
8. Non-ferrous metal aluminium
Generally, the usage of concrete is mostly for substructure and superstructure of buildings wastage is largely caused from the mismatch between the amount of concrete required and that ordered from suppliers in the case of ready mix concrete supply. The service provider might not be familiar with the exact quantity due to improper management planning, leading to over-ordering. Wastage is also happened because the delays and needless waste handling processes.
Figure 2.1: Wastage of concrete
As known steel bars are considered one of the most materials being used in construction site. Wastage of steel mainly resulted from cutting. Also wastage might be happen due to damages during storage and rusting. Pre-bending in the manufacturing works can eliminate cutting waste.
Figure 2.2: wastage of steel
While timber is one of the main materials using for formwork wastage usually happen because the continuous or bad usage and as well as the over cutting. Timber usually dumped after use to do form work. Timber cannot resist termites and can easily break. So it is not suitable for long-term usage. Old timber also usually ends up in the trash and cannot be recycled.
Figure 2.3: wastage of damage timber
BRICK AND BLOCK
Because the common usage of bricks and blocks in construction as walling and for partition. Wastage usually caused due to the improper cutting and careless of handling material. Improper handling might raise wastage of brick and blocks damage because of the breakable nature of the materials. Bricks remained on site without usage will end up in the trash skip in the end.
Figure 2.4: wastage of blocks/bricks
Plastic wastage normally resulted from the cutting during piping work. Also plastic wastes happen due the inappropriate storage which throws it on site without considering its bad weakness and durability. PVC or plastic will melt if it direct contact with heat. Plastic also cannot resist chemical reactions.
Figure 2.5: wastage of plastic
The usage of those items usually being as connection. For sure they are used with large quantity which easily damaged due to the carelessness of the workers. Throwing screws or nails by workers lead to increase the wastage of them. Also wastage of tiles commonly happens during cutting.
Figure 2.6 : wastage of tiles/ nails
BENEFITS OF CONSTRUCTION WASTE REDUCTION
Minimizing the total costs of the project throughout avoided removal costs, averted buying new materials, and revenue profit from materials sale due to reusing of materials onsite.
Helps societies, construction companies, and construction owners comply with state and local policies, such as disposal bans and recycling goals.
Promote general image of construction companies which minimize waste disposal.
Reduce the environmental impact of the waste.
Cleaner and safer construction site.
Conserves space in existing landfills.
Additional costs are avoided by diverting waste from landfills.
CAUSES OF WASTE MATERIALS GENERATION
According to Ekanayake who has discuss the causes of construction waste material he said that there are many factors lead to construction waste at site and he specified that the most important are ordered the common sources of construction waste under six categories: (1) design; (2) procurement; (3) handling of materials; (4) operation; (5) residual related; and (6) others. Furthermore those sources of waste materials probably happen during main phases of the project life cycle, (1) design, (2) operational, (3) material handling and, (4) procurement.
Carelessness to dimension skills of some materials
Design changes during construction progress.
Lack of experience of designers and project managers in scheduling works.
Lack of attention paid to standard sizes available on the market
Designer's familiarity with alternative products
Complication of reading drawing's details
Lack of information in the drawings
Errors in contract documents
No completed contract documents at the beginning of project
low quality materials selection
Suppliers and workers errors
Accidents coming from carelessness of labors
Damage to work done caused by subsequent trades
Use of wrong materials, which need replacement
Failure to reach the required quantity before work from quantity surveyors.
Late passing of information to responsible person on types and sizes of materials to be used
Equipment broken and rainy weather
Damage happens due to the transportation process
Unsuitable storage for materials caused damages to them
Materials supplied in loose form
Bad construction site layout where materials close to working place
Misunderstanding between teamwork and workers
Lack of possibilities to order small quantities
Buy materials which can not be comply with specification
Table 2.1:- causes of construction waste materials
CONSTRUCTION WASTE REDUCTION
Construction Waste Reduction has been defined by the UK Environment Agency (1997) as reducing construction waste by protective measures (prevent, reduce at source, and reuse of wasted materials) and waste management measures (quality improvement, and recycling). Similarly, Envirowise (1998) defined Construction Waste Reduction as the process of systematic waste reduction at source, by preventing and reducing waste before its physical generation, and encouraging reuse, recycling and recovery. Therefore, according to (Riemer and Kristoffersen 1999) reducing waste materials is a process of avoidance, eliminate or decrease the waste on sources or allow reuse and recycling process of waste materials for such purposes in construction field.
Waste reduction hierarchy has been addressing (reduce) as one of the highest main concern for decreasing the amounts of waste. The crucial objective of the strategy of waste reduction is to avoid or eliminate it from the outset, at the beginning stage phase of the project. (Andy, Andrew and Simon)
Waste reduction is achieved through the application of a 'Waste Reduction Hierarchy' which is applied from design through to disposal, as detailed below:-
Figure 2.7 :- Waste Reduction Hierarchy
1. Reduce. Avoidance of unnecessary consumption of materials at the concept and design stage of procurement;
2. Reuse. Reuse requires the design and utilization of re-useable containers and materials without subjecting the item to a manufacturing process that changes its original configuration and composition (e.g. reusable packaging and pallets for storage);
3. Recycle. Product recycling requires the raw material to be recovered and used to manufacture another product;
4. Disposal. Disposal of waste to landfill is the least acceptable form of waste management, and is to be regarded as the option of last resort.
In the past, waste reduction strategies have taken many forms, but the main purpose has remained the cornerstone of most waste reduction strategies which is to find out the maximum practical benefits from waste materials and to produce the minimum amount of waste.
The understanding of what construction materials need to buy is the most first and important part in waste reduction, then monitoring materials usage, and after that find ways to avoidance, reduce, reuse, then recycle the wasted materials. A good strategy is to target the major component in the waste material stream, and put into practice the easy waste reduction steps first.
Below are some ideas to help you identify waste reduction opportunities:-
Buy pre-cut materials like foam boards and floor trusses to minimize waste.
Re-utilize wasted substances like siding, inside trim, door, and framework for wood, hardwood floors, and bath fitting.
Planning for usage 4' x 8' panels and standard timber lengths; plan to create functional usage of standard lengths of heating tube material, metal pipes, wiring, siding, and gutters.
Find out new developed methods that can decrease and make usage of materials more economically and efficiently.
Consult trade publication, construction companies, and local organizations for information on resource efficient building designs and techniques.
Choose design which allow and give opportunity to dismantling all parts of the structure as an alternative choice instead of the demolition, which might save building materials for recover them to be useful source of materials for volunteer organizations.
Work with famous designers, contractors, and suppliers those who have good characters in usage of resource-efficient design and building.
Select to expand long period of new or existing buildings. Choosing the best quality, more durable substances extend the life of the building structure and giving easier remodelling, protection, or renovation.
Usage of elegant design characteristics from architect and designers might be useful for minimization of building wastage and enhance the productivity due to the genius designation like multi-purpose rooms, encouraging smaller footprints, and choosing construction materials which friendly to environment and energy efficient.
Construction companies also might use cutting and advanced framing techniques to minimize building wastage, this method may produce few waste, and holding over surplus to the next construction site or donating by them to the volunteer organization.
Separation of the materials is the most important thing in reuse wasted materials also separation should be separated in good condition to keep material's durability. A majority of these materials are durable and therefore, have a high potential of reuse. It would, however, be desirable to have quality standards for the recycled materials.
There are many materials might recovered from construction sites waste and they can be sold, donated, stored for later use, or reused on the current project. Some materials are convenient for reuse such as doors, cabinets, windows, carpet, brick, light fixtures, ceiling and floor tiles, wood, HVAC equipment, and decorative items (including fireplaces and stonework).
Construction waste can be used in the following manner:
Reuse on site of blocks, stone slabs, timber, piping railings etc.
Sale material that can't used again on site through design restraint or design changes.
Recycle materials such as plastics, broken glass, scrap metal etc.
Use materials like broken block or brick, plaster concrete pieces etc. in other application at the construction. For ex. levelling, cavity under coat of paths where the passage not required of heavy moving loads.
Big pieces and unused parts can be sent to lower areas to fill them.
Soft materials might be used as can be used as cover material over sanitary landfill, like sand, dust etc.
There are some materials can be directly recycled onsite into new construction or offsite at a construction and demolition processor. Typical materials recycled from construction sites contain metal, timber, asphalt, pavement, and concrete pieces, roof materials, corrugated cardboard and wallboard.
Most of the construction wastages throw out to landfill. There are many opportunities for the construction companies to reduce that in order to extend the life period of landfill sites, decrease transportation requirements and reduce the primary resource requirements.
Landfilling is the main method of disposal of all solid wastes including the construction waste materials in most of countries. Landfilling is not capital intensive and does not require skilled labour unlike compositing or incineration.
MATERIALS CAN BE RECYCLING
Recycling of construction materials has been recommended from many researchers in their studies and companies work in that field but the factual administering of construction and demolition waste recycling is limited to a few types of solid wastes. According to (Mindess et al., 2003): who thought that economy, compatibility with other materials and material properties should be taken into account when considering recycle materials. He justified that recycling can be only useful when the recycled product is economical compared to the natural resource in cost and quality. He added recycled materials will be preferable in areas where less raw materials and land filling sites exists. It investigates the technology on construction waste recycling and their viability.
In addition, (Mindess, 2003) has been mentioned to materials recycling practice had been studies such as concrete, plastic, brick, ferrous and non-ferrous metal, masonry, glass and timber.
In fact, concrete is the most materials being wasted during construction and demolition. According to (Emily, 2010), manufacturers produce more the 25 billion tonnes of concrete per year. Large quantities of concrete waste during tear down/building new construction therefore concrete need to recycle. It is an easy way to recycle concrete. The most important thing is to sort concrete and remove the steel rebar then after sorting concrete go through out crush machine to grind them forming very small pieces as sand or aggregates. Crushing can be made on site to reuse at the same time.
Bricks wastage coming from construction site might be polluted with mortar, rendering and plaster, and usually they being blinded with another materials such as wood and concrete. But there are difficulties being faced in the separation of bricks which usually need to be separated and sorting by hand. There are small percentage around 10 to 15% of bricks from damaged buildings are facing bricks, therefore they need manpower and it might be expensive to sort and clean bricks. Therefore contaminated bricks are not economical to be used because that will be more costing than natural bricks.
In 2004, Japanese building site had been burning the destroyed bricks into slime burnt ash. And, in recent year, bricks are commonly be crushed to form filling materials and hardcore in Hong Kong.
Preferably, it is better to reuse steel wastage directly on site. If the direct usage is not possible, then it can be fuse to manufacture new steel. According to (Coventry, 1999) there is more than 80% of the steel wastage coming from construction fields being recycled into new materials in the Netherlands, despite the fact that almost 100% may be claimed to be recyclable. Steel organization reports that roughly 100% steel reinforcement is made from recycled scrap and 25% steel sections are made from recycled scrap. Scrap steel is almost completely recycled and allowed repeated recycling. Also in Japan, they recycles construction steel such as steel reinforcement and rebar due to fabricated steel or cut to resize off-site with the cutting waste, 100% of steel waste might be recycled to keep away from wastage at construction site.
According to (Coventry, 1999), in UK, 425,000 tonnes of glass has been recycled. However, the recycling rate is fairly low in Hong Kong 1% comparing with countries such as USA, Japan and Germany which their rates are 20, 78 and 85%, respectively. Glass can be reused in the construction industry for a number of applications:
(i) Window: (Coventry, 1999) thought that window glass might be reusing on construction that will be depend on how they deal with glass handling, storage, transportation from/to construction site, and the quality.
(ii) Glass fibre: for material properties improvement, glass can be recycled in the manufacture of glass fibre using long easy process starting from collecting the waste to recycle pin then transported to treatment plant, the glass then should be sorted according to its colour and type and washed to clean it from any impurities after that glass crushed and melted then moulded into new product. Glass can be used in thermal and acoustic insulations, which can be mixed with strengthen cement, gypsum or resin products.
(iii) Filling material: they had practiced recycling for glass in UK as a fine material for cement replacement called ConGlassCrete that support the strength of concrete.
(iv) Tile: in US 100% replacement of recycled glass that gives good-looking reflective appearance on the exterior after burnishing.
(v) Paving block: in United State they created aggregate from recycled glass by crushing. Also in Hong Kong, they are developing this recycling technology, which can produce advantages such as promote good-looking reflective appearance on the exterior after burnishing, minimize water absorption of concrete block and provide good compressive strength.
However, the problems on instability, sharpness of aggregate and alkali-silica reaction expansion need to be resolved. By adopting pulverized fly ash for depressant in alkali-silica reaction and reduce the impurities are necessary in improving the quality of paving block adopting recycled glass aggregate.
(vi) Asphalt in road: 15% of old glass had been recycled forming asphalt in Taiwan. Furthermore glass needed to grind to very soft materials replacing asphalt
(vii) Aggregate in road: also in US material called 'glassphalt' has been made from crushed glass and used as an aggregate in bituminous concrete pavement.
(viii) Man-made soil: Japan practices adopted waste glass as ultra-fine particles at high temperature.
Masonry waste usually crushing as recycled to become masonry aggregate. So after grinding till become masonry aggregate will be such thermal insulating for concrete. it can also help concrete to be more strength with comfortable thermal insulation, masonry waste can be used after recycled for traditional clay bricks
(i) Crushing recycle masonry aggregate till be as ash then will be replacement for clay in brick including sand sodium silicate brick.
(ii) Using masonry aggregate in traditional clay brick in this case it prefers to avoid any contain of any element that will prevent effects on durability and strength of clay brick.
(iii) In case of sing masonry in sodium silicate brick it might contains some of elements like lime but have to be under pressure of 15 bars to create sodium silicate bricks.
The major non-ferrous metal materials gathered from construction sites are aluminium, copper, lead and zinc (Coventry, 1999). Furthermore after separations and sorting of those materials, they can be sold directly to the scrap metal traders for recycling or directly to end-user by melting. In UK, the usage of aluminium is up to 95,000 tonnes with about 70% recycled in 1997,recycling of copper is up to 119,000 tonnes out of a national market of 262,000 tonnes used (100% recycling rate can be achieved).
While paper and cardboard form approximately 37% of construction wastes by volume (EPD, 2002). Recycling companies usually reprocess them as paper product by purification.
In fact, it is very hard to recycle plastics wastages if they are blended with other plastic or impure materials but according to (Hendriks and Pietersen, 2000) great possibility to reuse materials such as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS) and Polyvinylchloride (PVC) especially if they being gathered properly segregate and spotless.
Because of the damages in some of the characteristic of the old plastic the possibilities of high level recycle will be definitely restricted. Virgin material should include in recycling. The recycled materials are utilized for the manufacturing of new plastic includes 70% recycled material; 30% virgin material is utilized for securing sufficient ultra violet (UV) resistance in the Netherlands. Furthermore it might be probable to develop this substitute ratio up to 80 or 90% in the coming years.
According to (Coventry, 1999) there are many major chances to address when considering the recycling of plastic such as:-
(i) Panel: in 1992 roofing panels have been started due to the recycling of diaphanous PVC. Because of the impurity and the consolidation, the recycling materials have less quality than new roofing component, so that should be applied for only the inferior face. This panel must be transformed to powder using cryogenic milling. Then powder should mingle with plasticizers and also mix up with other materials to produce new panel.
(ii) Plastic might be street furniture, roof and floor, piling, PVC window, noise barrier, cable ducting and pipe, cladding and insulation foam through recycling and redesign for usage.
(iii) there are new methods has been developed to allow construction materials to be with time infused with recycled plastic ingredient in order to increase strength, durability and impact resistance, and improve appearance.
The wastage of wood from building site operations is generated in huge amount all over the world. According to (Coventry, 1999) he mentioned to that the wastage of timber generated in UK is more than 2.5 tonnes per year. For sure, wastage of wood has possibilities to be recycled after collection for some purpose such as:
(i) Timber wastage coming from building activity might be utilized directly for reusing in any applications in construction projects but before reusing need to clean the from nails and resize the them to the proper way. Furthermore unspoiled timber should be reused as board, beams, doors, floorboard, roof beam, balcony ramparts, partitions, and pile. In Japan they already developed wood waste into new technology turning them to furniture, shoring wooden pile for relocate pine trees, wood bench and timber stair.
(ii) A special lightweight concrete might be formed from aggregate made from recycled small wooden pieces.
(iii) According to (Hendriks and Pietersen, 2000) in Japan wood waste might be recycled as energy sources, for Ex. fuel, charcoal for power generation. Also there are more than 400,000 tonnes of wood from building activities are produced in Netherland.
(iv) wood pieces wastage throwing from building activities might be recycled and reused as new building materials as partitions, board for roof, ceiling and floor, cladding in agricultural building, advertisement panels, a packaging substitute, wall and sound barrier.
(v) Paper, In Japan, they recycled timber producing board and mulching. Besides that wastage of wood might be mixed with topsoil to improve soil texture and coated with plastic to produce material called plastic lumber.
(vi) Clipped timber is recycled by spraying them onto sloped soil surface in Japan, which is called "geofibre".
(vii) Timber waste can be recycled to create insulation board, kitchen tool and furniture from the chipped timber under pressure at around 180 â-¦C for 40 min with steam, water and addition of binder. In 2004, Japan practices adopted this technology in changing timber fragment to pavement material.
In this chapter, research methodology will be discussed in order to complete this research. The method should be systematically, effectively and focus on the main objective. Under systematic steps, study will be conducted following programmed plan which provides to find directions to find the answer of the study's question. All needed information will be obtained through a efficient plan or methodology which outlines various stages in collecting information and data.
The research work will be divided into four stages including literature review, collecting data and information, and conclusion and recommendation.
Table 3.1: Methodology Flow Chart
INFORMATION AND DATA COLLECTION
Information and data collection will be gathered through two different resources which are:
In primary data, information is gathered from various types of resource which are journals, conference papers, reference book and some unpublished materials. The information which can be obtained from these sources include the types of construction waste, reasons lead to waste materials, ways of reduce and reuse waste materials on site, and development in recycling construction waste materials.
In secondary data, collection primary data involves questionnaire, site visits and interviews with construction companies which are registered with Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) in the area around. The questions asked are related to the objective of this study. Then the collected data from the questionnaire will be analyzed. In the interview process, the respondent's advice or point of view could be taken based on their vast experience in construction sites. Also interview is an opportunity to ask questions which are not included in the questionnaire.
In literature review will be focusing on the construction waste materials from construction sites and their recycling and how to reduce them, the purpose of that is to provide the background to research, convey what knowledge and ideas have been established on this topic.
To complete this research a lot of academic knowledge is needed, including books in library, journal in publish newspaper news, conference forum, university research and thesis that related to this topic is helpful. Literature review is to help define the topic, and conduct a questionnaire to collect the data.
To collect a complete data of this research, it needs to conduct a questionnaire base on the 4 primary elements. The questionnaire will basically content 2 type of question there are:
The questionnaire is focus on the second and third objectives which are to determine approaches being used in reduce waste materials in construction site and to give recommendation on reduction, re-use and recycle for construction waste material in Malaysia construction industry.
After collecting data and information obtained from questionnaire it will be analyzed using the method of statically package for social science (SPSS) software which determine and measure the reliability of the questionnaire. Data analysis will be done using the descriptive or frequency analysis then for the five-point questions will be analyzed using the Relative Important Index.
1 2 3 4 5
Each scale represents the following rating
1: Strongly disagreed
5: Strongly agree
Basically the relative index is a technique used to compute the strength of index of the familiarity, frequency and agreement of the specific questions. The computation of (RI) is given by the following form:
Relative importance index RII =
Where w = weighting given to each question by the respondents and range from 1 to 5 where 1 = very low influence and 5 = very high influence; A = highest weight; and N = total number of sample. Then the result analyzed then is presented in the table and chart.
Information gathered in primary data and the result that will be found from analyses of the questionnaire will be combined in order to make a conclusion. An investigation into the waste construction materials was carried out to understand the disadvantages, and to find the problems and control that are facing the waste construction materials in Malaysian construction industry.
The selection of sub-contractors needs to consider their wastage reduction plan as part of assessment criteria. Provision of waste reduction training to on-site staff is also considered important in raising environmental awareness and helping site staff generating a better working procedure to reduce generation of materials wastage.
Contractors must be educated about possible cost savings from measures which successfully prevent construction waste, as well as the environmental impacts of the waste and the long-term national and global implication. The merits of waste minimization and environment protection must also be promoted to clients.
The construction site shall be clearly signposted with information relating to waste management including directions to waste containers and the recycling centre, waste collection intervals, waste management targets and progress on site, acceptable and unacceptable site waste practice and outstanding performers among others.
DATA ANALYSES AND RESULTS
In this chapter, data analysis will be discussed according to data obtained from questionnaire survey which we already sent to all parties involved on construction sites. The purpose of the questionnaire survey was to discover how the company and contractors are dealing with reducing waste construction materials, as well as to know their experience and their views in eliminating waste and which types of materials are the most wasted. Furthermore to know problems and reasons that caused by wasted materials and to get their views in how to reduce waste materials in construction site.
Site meeting survey has been conducting on the end of November semester 2011 to 5 construction site. Ten preliminary survey papers were sent out to the respondents who had relating with the construction projects namely contractor, engineer, site supervisor and project manager. The purpose for conducting this survey is to assess the entire question whether the questions are under stable, intelligible, easy to answer, unambiguous, suitable and concentrate on the objectives of the study. The data getting from the questionnaire survey will be analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) in order to measure the reliability analysis
Then final correction done to the questionnaire survey, and total of 100 questionnaires form were given directly by hand to the 100 company that working at construction field on the early of July to the end of August 2012. A response rate of only 65% was obtained from respondents of 100, whereby 35% did not reply the questionnaire
Reliability and Stability test
The data information obtained from the questionnaire survey has been analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) in order to measure the reliability analysis to clarify that the questionnaire survey was succeed and reliable or not.
Case Processing Summary
a. Listwise deletion based on all variables in the procedure.
Cronbach's Alpha Based on Standardized Items
N of Items
Table 4.1:- reliability test from SPSS
Then the degree of reliability of the data and the stability and the internal consistency between the answers is tested. For this, we used the coefficient of Cronbach Alpha for measuring the degree of reliability and stability of the respondents' answers to (sample of study) the questionnaire's questions. The statistically acceptable value for the coefficient alpha is (60%) or more in order to be a good measure of credibility and reliability and in such a case, the results can even is generalized. Using the SPSS the overall reliability coefficient for all the constructs is 0.793. This is an indication of the high degree of reliability and stability of the questionnaires and the internal consistency of the answers which can rely upon the analysis of respondents' answers.
TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION WASTE MATERIALS
The questionnaire surveys were designed to identify the types of construction waste materials and what the highest type been wasted in construction sites. The questions were basically required respondent to rank the factors that they believe as the critical for the success of construction waste management.
The question was already given the list of factor according to the five-point scale (where 1,2,3,4 and 5 stands for very low, low, neutral, high, and very high respectively). The data analysis was carried out based on Relative Importance Index (RII).
Relative Importance Index is a technique to compute the strength of index of familiarity, frequency and agreement of specific question. In this section, the weighted average of Relative Importance Index was analyzed against all the factors.
DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS OF CONSTRUCTION WASTE MATERIALS
Concrete / cement
Tile / ceramic tile.
Valid N (listwise)
Table 4.2 :- descriptive statistics for waste materials
On the above table, descriptive statistics related to types of construction materials had been analysed using SPSS and the overall findings showed that there were nine items with a mean (M) value that represents the scale of 'disagree or lower'.
The (M) values â€‹â€‹ of these nine items were range from 2.57 to 3.51. Those values indicate that waste in seven types of construction material in values more than the average value which represented by (3) . Except two types of construction materials (Glass & tile/ceramic) were represented in less than the neutral values which mean they were in low degree waste at construction site.
Type of waste materials
concrete / cement
Table 4.3 :- ranking of waste materials
Common type of construction waste materials include concrete/ cement, Steel/reinforcement bar, plastic PVC, Screw/bolt/nail, non-ferrous metal aluminum, Timber/formwork, brick/block, tile/ceramic tile. The questionnaire respondents appear to feel strongly that concrete / cement was the most crucial type of waste materials. As shown in Table 4.2, concrete/cement was ranked first with the value of Relative Importance Index of 0.702, secondly rank was Timber/formwork (RII =0.700) third rank was Steel/reinforcement bar (RII = 0.665), and Brick/block. (RII = 0.652) â€¦ the rest items as shown in the above Table.
PROBLEMS AND DISADVANTAGES OF WASTE MATERIALS
Descriptive Statistics related to the problem and disadvantage of waste materials
1)Project disposal cost increased
2) Great lost for the owner and parties that involved in the project.
3)Work will be delayed due to the materials shorten,
Valid N (listwise)
Table 4.4:- Descriptive Statistics related to the problem and disadvantage of waste materials
As displayed above, the overall findings showed that there were three items with a mean (M) value of 2.85 that represents the scale of 'disagree'. The (M) values â€‹â€‹ of these five items range from 2.85 to 3.85. For further detailed interpretation of these results, they are discussed as follows:
1: The M value of the results obtained from analyzing the respondents' answers to the questionnaire statement (' Project disposal cost increased) is 3.85, which is more than the neutral value 3. This indicates that disadvantages of waste materials can caused increasing the project cost. By reduction of the sum quantity of waste generated, a reduction of total cost for the project can be achieved.
2: The M value of the results obtained from analyzing the respondents' answers to the questionnaire statement (Great lost for the owner and parties that involved in the project.') is 3.25, which is slightly greater than the neutral value 3. This means that respondents are uncertain about the impact of the waste materials disadvantage that can caused create lost for all parties involved in the project.
3: The M value of the results obtained from analyzing the respondents' answers to the questionnaire statement (Work will be delayed due to the materials shorten,) is 2.85 which means they are disagree with me in this point.
Problems and challenges of companies related to waste materials
Project disposal cost increased
Great lost for the owner and parties that involved in the project
Work will be delayed due to the materials shorten, and lead to environment threat
Table 4.5:- ranking of Descriptive Statistics related to the problem and disadvantage of waste materials
Based on the finding that have being analyzed using Relative Importance Index (RII), as shown in Table, Problems and disadvantage of high waste materials during construction, Project cost increased was ranked first with value of (RII= 0.769), followed by great lost for the owner and parties that involved in the project with rank of (RII = 0.649) and last rank was Work will be delayed due to the materials shorten, and lead to environment threat (RII = 0.569).
Wastage of construction materials have been indentifies as one of the main issues in the construction industry which a big influence to environment and industry impact of building projects. Additionally, wastage quantity consider as an essential part in managing of the production systems while that is successful way to measure their performance, allowing areas of possible development to be pointed out.
It can be seen that the first problem for high waste material at construction field to contractor and parties involved in that is the cost of project increase because of the material which damaged or unused during construction process that increase the project cost and lose them money in disposal.
FACTORS OF CAUSING WASTE MATERIALS
Valid N (listwise)
Table 4.6:- Descriptive Statistics related to waste materials factors
As shown above in Table, the overall findings showed that there were ten items with a mean (M) value of the results obtained from analyzing the respondent's answers that represents one of the five-point scales. The (M) values â€‹â€‹ of these ten items range from 3.15 to 3.46. In fact all the Mean values in this table are in same degree which means that most of respondents said that all factors and reasons mentioned in the given questionnaire are greater than neutral value 3. This indicates that those can be considered as important problem lead to waste materials at construction site.
9-Carelessness of workers
2- Re-designing/error on construction the structure
7-Cutting of formwork.
3- Documentation: over-specification, under-detailing; etc.
6-Cutting of steel reinforcement
Table 4.7:- factors of waste materials
As shown in the above Table 4.7, that identifies the reasons that causing waste materials in the construction site, Carelessness of workers was the most ranked factor with RII= (0.692,) among the entire factors listed under cause of the waste materials. In other words this factor received very high rated to cause of the waste materials in construction site, with relative importance index of 0.692. Table shows the ranking of the factors from the highest at the top to the lowest at the bottom listed.
Based on the findings, several reasons participate in building materials wastage production at site. Wastage might happen throughout one or a combination of such causes. The crucial factor was taken from the factor ranked by the order of importance from Relative Importance Index. The second high factor causing waste materials in construction site due to inappropriate storage with Relative Importance Index of RII= 0.686.
The contractors and project managers thought that supplying better storage services onsite, make the sub-contractors responsible for their own wastage production, provide better waste management, and choose the skilled staff and suitable equipment for site operations that might be assisting in minimizing of the present wastage production standards.
The third factor of waste materials in construction site due to the improper management form project manager or site supervisor followed by the Re-designing/error on construction the structure with same ranked of RII = 0.671. The proper management in construction can reduce the waste materials at some stage of construction operations. Damage to work done by subsequent works, damage happens due to the transportation process and bad construction site layout where materials close to working place identified by the respondents of the questionnaire as one of the mainly important effective factor to waste production while inappropriate storage facilities onsite and Materials supplied in loose form were recognized as the generally major handling problem.
Re-designing/error on construction the structure causes the waste in construction site because of the wrong communication between the contractor and designer of the project during construct the project.
Change in design during construction operations, Lack of experience of designers and project managers in scheduling works during design stage being marked as important factors leading to materials wastage in construction site. However, Lack of attention paid to standard sizes available on the market, designer's familiarity with alternative products were also reported as the second major factors to site wastage which are related to the design process. This underlines the urgent need for effective communication and flexible information sharing systems throughout the construction process.
Respondent can clearly point out that over-order concrete is serious problem with Mean value of 3.32 which indicates that it's greater than neutral scale 3. Respondent answer was ranked using Relative Important index with value of RII= (0.665). Therefore it is clear that mismatch of concrete order and the required concrete is one of the major reasons for wastage of concrete. Companies or contractors will daily receive a big quantity of over-ordered fresh concrete coming back from their building sites so they classified as wastage and need to dump it into the landfills.
Regarding the huge generation of concrete waste, five major causes are identified, including: over ordering, damage during transportation, loss during installation, poor workmanship and change of design. (Cheung, 1993, Poon et al., 2001, Shen and Tam, 2002)
Concrete recycling is one of the best alternatives to save materials. Within the various categories of concrete waste, over-order of concrete is found to be the major contributor among others. Currently, the practice of managing over-ordered fresh concrete is to dump them into landfill areas. The cost for this will be high when the proposed landfill charging scheme is implemented.
No. Of respondent
1) Do you think that the current level of construction materials waste generation is a problem for the Malaysian construction industry?
As shown in Table, 75% of the respondents thought that the current level of construction waste materials still problem for Malaysian construction industry, while 25% thought that are not problem.
2) In your opinion do you think that reducing waste materials is good for the project's economy?
A majority of the respondents, 83% agreed that the control waste materials is a good factor for the project's economy, they proved that reduce waste materials is good factor in decreasing the total cost for the materials because most of construction project has high waste materials which lead to increase the whole cost of the project. Only 16% believe that control waste materials will not be a good factor for the project's economy.
3) Is there a person or department within your company specifically responsible for waste management?
Only 48% of the respondents said that there is no a person or department within their company specifically responsible for construction waste management to control the waste materials in construction site while 52 % of respondents have a person or department within their company specifically responsible for construction waste management. In my opinion for the companies which still do not have any person or department for waste management, they should employee person or create department to be responsible for controlling waste materials, at least that action will help the company to minimize the waste of materials in construction site.
4) Do you have an appropriate intermediary storage facility for your waste that is subject to sorting, recycling or re-use?
57% of the respondents agreed that there is an appropriate intermediary storage facility in their company for their waste that is subject to sorting, recycling or re-use weather 43% do not have.
5) Do you have capacity in your company to increase sorting and recycling of waste?
54% of the respondents voted that there is capacity in their company to increase sorting and recycling of waste while 46% do not have.
6) Do you keep the material in good storage with good security
78% of the respondents keep the material in good storage with good security and only 22% of the respondents do not keep the material in good storage with good security. In my opinion the most important thing in reducing and control waste material to keep the material in good storage prevent the material from weather condition and from theft also. Safe and efficient materials storage depends on good co-operation and co-ordination between everyone involved including, client, contractors, suppliers and the construction trades.
The construction companies should arrange the required materials storage before the beginning of the works progress and must be agreed between contractors and clients. Larger modifiable developments must have arrangements for materials storage incorporated in the building stage plan.
7) Do you re-use or recycle your materials wastage such as:-
Steel / reinforcement bar
Table 4.8:- percentage of materials recycled in Malaysia
According to the result above in table 4.8 there are only 38% from the respondent reuse and recycling the materials such as, , Steel / reinforcement bar, Brick/block, Concrete/cement, Plastic/PVC, Glass, Masonry, Non-ferrous metal and Timber , while 62% do not reuse or recycle the waste material that mentioned above.
8) In your opinion do you think that the early proper management for your project can decrease the materials waste during construction?
87% is the percentage of the respondents who thought that the early proper management for project can decrease the waste materials during construction, and only 14% do not think so.
9) Has your materials waste stream increased or decrease in the past two years?
77% of respondent agreed that waste materials stream increased in the past two years because in the time they do not use technology in construction to minimize the waste of construction , 23% agrees that the materials stream decrease in the past two years,
10) Do you expect that your waste stream will increase or decrease in the next two years?
There are 68% of respondents who believe that the waste material stream will decrease in the next two years and 32% believe that the waste material stream will increase in the next two years.
11) Do you have training for your workers how they deal with materials to reduce the waste of materials?
Across the sample, there is only 58% of the respondents have training for workers how they deal with materials to minimize the waste materials, 42% do not have any training course at all for workers in reducing waste materials.
COMPANIES ASSUMING THEIR WASTE MATERIALS COST
Figure 4.1:- Percentage of Waste Cost From the Total Project Cost
As it shown above, the percentage of the waste cost from the total project cost seems very high which clearly explain that construction companies still faced this problem and not taken any action in reducing waste materials. From the above graph 55% of the respondents had assume that 2% of the total cost of their project considered as waste, also 28% of respondents assumed that 5% of their project cost lose in waste materials, 17% of respondent also lost 10% as cost of waste materials from their total project cost.
WASTE REDUCTION METHOD
Reducing the construction waste materials during construction can make good economic for the project as well as environmental impact. It saves operating and disposal costs and helps conserve natural resources and energy.