Reverse supply chain conceptual model for construction and demolition waste

Brandão, Rayra and Edwards, D.J. and Hosseini, M. Reza and Melo, André Cristiano Silva and Macêdo, Alcebiades Negrão (2021) Reverse supply chain conceptual model for construction and demolition waste. Waste Management and Research, 39 (11). pp. 1341-1355. ISSN 0734-242X

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Construction and demolition waste (CDW) substantially contributes to environmental degradation because of its intrinsic characteristics of fast and high generation volume, low recycling rate, and low revenue margins. A systemic problem is that recycling facilities are not usually a part of a reverse supply chain (RSC) specific for CDW. This makes the recovery process costs prohibitive, especially where companies are unable to receive and process large volumes of waste continuously. This paper presents a systematic analysis of the extant literature and utilizes the results accrued to develop a conceptual RSC model for CDW. In so doing, the research seeks to provide clarity on this phenomenon, while simultaneously stimulating wider academic discourse and further research endeavours. A mixed philosophies epistemological design was adopted using both interpretavism and constructivism to undertake a qualitative systematic analysis of the literature. A process diagram was produced to represent the conceptual model (CM) and thematically group the nodes into three key swim lanes that delineate the boundaries between distribution, manufacturing, and sourcing and warehousing processes. Within each swim lane, stakeholders were incorporated as key actors. A further layer of nuanced complexity was added to illustrate the key actors involved in the process, government strategies, and activity flow paths. This novel CM offers both practical and theoretical contributions to existing knowledge and signposts a future research direction. Such work will demystify reverse logistics for managing CDW, and assist government policy-makers to develop informed policies that reduce the negative environmental impact of construction activities.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was financed in part by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel?Brazil (CAPES)?Finance Code 001. It provided financial support for the conduct of the research for the first author. Publisher Copyright: © The Author(s) 2021.
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6 February 2021Accepted
11 March 2021Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reverse logistics, conceptual model, construction and civil engineering industry, construction and demolition waste, reverse supply chain
Subjects: CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-02 - building
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: David Edwards
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2022 12:59
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2022 12:59

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