American Society of Civil Engineers


Construction Demolition Waste Management in Lebanon


by S. N. Tamraz, (Graduate student, Engineering Management, The American University of Beirut, P.O. Box: 11-0236, Riad El-Solh, 11072020, Beirut, Lebanon. E-mail: snt06@aub.edu.lb), I. M. Srour, (Assistant Professor, Engineering Management, The American University of Beirut, P.O. Box: 11-0236, Riad El-Solh, 1107 2020, Beirut, Lebanon. E-mail: is04@aub.edu.lb), and G. R. Chehab, (Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, The American University of Beirut, P.O. Box: 11-0236, Riad El-Solh, 1107 2020, Beirut, Lebanon. E-mail: gc06@aub.edu.lb)
Section: Sustainability Implementation on Projects, pp. 375-383, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/41204(426)47)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: ICSDC 2011: Integrating Sustainability Practices in the Construction Industry
Abstract: The significant amount of waste generated from construction demolition has become a chronic problem in Lebanon. In the city of Beirut alone, approximately one million ton of construction demolition waste (CDW) has been generated over the past two years. The country is suffering from a constant problem in the management of its solid waste; and therefore, devising methods to manage the amount of CDW is a must and is the primary goal of an ongoing research at the American University of Beirut. This paper presents the first major step in this research effort. The paper studies the quantification, composition, and managing of CDW in Lebanon by examining three case studies consisting of 50 to 60-year old buildings being demolished for reconstruction. Based on the case study analysis and a set of interviews conducted with demolition contractors, the paper proposes a set of rules and regulations necessary for proper handling of CDW in the context of the Lebanese construction industry.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Construction industry
Demolition
Waste management
Lebanon
Sustainable development