Researchers have secured funding to discover the “true cost” of waste on Scottish construction sites in a bid to get contractors to change their working practice.

The field study will last two months and will itemise and calculate the cost of waste items found on multiple Scottish sites, using a tool the researchers have developed to log waste items found in typical ‘mixed-waste’ construction skips.

Professor Billy Hare, Dr Kenneth Lawani and Siobhan Morison, of GCU’s BEAM Research Centre, won a competitive tender for £24,000 funding from Zero Waste Scotland to carry out the project, bringing the total income from this stream to £54,000.

Professor Hare said: “The original cost-of-waste figure, approximately £1,300 per site, is now out of date and the method used was overly simplistic. The GCU team will be working with industry partners to test a more detailed and robust method to inform contractors of the true business costs of not reducing their waste and influence them to change their practices.

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