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Article: Tackling the “last mile” problem in renovation waste management: A case study in China

TitleTackling the “last mile” problem in renovation waste management: A case study in China
Authors
KeywordsConstruction
Last mile problem
Renovation waste
Waste management
Waste management system
Issue Date2021
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/scitotenv
Citation
Science of the Total Environment, 2021, v. 790, p. article no. 148261 How to Cite?
AbstractSolid waste generated from building renovation, called “renovation waste” in this study, represents a major waste management problem. A particular difficulty is sourcing renovation waste arising sporadically from discrete sites for central processing. This can be characterized as a “last mile” problem in renovation waste management (RWM). This study reports good practice for dealing with the RWM last mile problem in a city in China. We conduct qualitative research comprising site investigations and interviews, organized in an in-depth case study. We discover that the city effectively solved the last mile problem by developing a multi-layer, nested waste management system, empowered further by various smart technologies and concerted collaboration from multi-stakeholders coordinated by a determined government. Nevertheless, the longevity of the RWM is contingent on confronting several challenges, including (a) achieving cost and benefit balance, (b) defining clearer standards and policies, and (c) raising stakeholders' awareness of waste management. A general RWM strategy is recommended to establish fluent channels through which to source and qualify renovation waste for central treatment. The study delves into the much neglected world of RWM and provides a valuable reference for tackling similar problems.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/301963
ISSN
2020 Impact Factor: 7.963
2020 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.795

 

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dc.contributor.authorBAO, Z-
dc.contributor.authorLu, W-
dc.contributor.authorHao, J-
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-21T03:29:33Z-
dc.date.available2021-08-21T03:29:33Z-
dc.date.issued2021-
dc.identifier.citationScience of the Total Environment, 2021, v. 790, p. article no. 148261-
dc.identifier.issn0048-9697-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/301963-
dc.description.abstractSolid waste generated from building renovation, called “renovation waste” in this study, represents a major waste management problem. A particular difficulty is sourcing renovation waste arising sporadically from discrete sites for central processing. This can be characterized as a “last mile” problem in renovation waste management (RWM). This study reports good practice for dealing with the RWM last mile problem in a city in China. We conduct qualitative research comprising site investigations and interviews, organized in an in-depth case study. We discover that the city effectively solved the last mile problem by developing a multi-layer, nested waste management system, empowered further by various smart technologies and concerted collaboration from multi-stakeholders coordinated by a determined government. Nevertheless, the longevity of the RWM is contingent on confronting several challenges, including (a) achieving cost and benefit balance, (b) defining clearer standards and policies, and (c) raising stakeholders' awareness of waste management. A general RWM strategy is recommended to establish fluent channels through which to source and qualify renovation waste for central treatment. The study delves into the much neglected world of RWM and provides a valuable reference for tackling similar problems.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/scitotenv-
dc.relation.ispartofScience of the Total Environment-
dc.subjectConstruction-
dc.subjectLast mile problem-
dc.subjectRenovation waste-
dc.subjectWaste management-
dc.subjectWaste management system-
dc.titleTackling the “last mile” problem in renovation waste management: A case study in China-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLu, W: wilsonlu@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.148261-
dc.identifier.pmid34380269-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85108075561-
dc.identifier.hkuros324468-
dc.identifier.volume790-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. 148261-
dc.identifier.epagearticle no. 148261-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands-

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