Critical management practices influencing on-site waste minimization in construction projects

Saheed O Ajayi, Lukumon O Oyedele, Muhammad Bilal, Olugbenga O Akinade, Hafiz A Alaka, Hakeem A Owolabi

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As a result of increasing recognition of effective site management as the strategic approach for achieving the required performance in construction projects, this study seeks to identify the key site management practices that are requisite for construction waste minimization. A mixed methods approach, involving field study and survey research were used as means of data collection. After confirmation of construct validity and reliability of scale, data analysis was carried out through a combination of Kruskal-Wallis test, descriptive statistics and exploratory factor analysis. The study suggests that site management functions could significantly reduce waste generation through strict adherence to project drawings, and by ensuring fewer or no design changes during construction process. Provision of waste skips for specific materials and maximisation of on-site reuse of materials are also found to be among the key factors for engendering waste minimization. The result of factor analysis suggests four factors underlying on-site waste management practices with 96.093% of total variance. These measures include contractual provisions for waste minimization, waste segregation, maximisation of materials reuse and effective logistic management. Strategies through which each of the underlying measures could be achieved are further discussed in the paper. Findings of this study would assist construction site managers and other site operatives in reducing waste generated by construction activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-339
Number of pages10
JournalWaste Management
Early online date7 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Construction Industry
  • Construction Materials
  • Data Collection
  • Humans
  • Models, Organizational
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Waste Management
  • Journal Article


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