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Professor Hare said: “The original cost-of-waste figure, approximately £1,300 per site, is now out of date and the method used was overly simplistic.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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