A high proportion of waste is believed to consist of composite products with little or no reclamation value and limited recycling potential. Small volumes of recyclable materials may be segregated off-site and recycled, but with no associated financial reward to the contractor. |
Skip void space is likely to be higher than for construction waste , given both the nature of the waste (which will include removed items and assemblies with built-in voids) and logistics (different waste materials generated at same time, no intermediate storage available).
These factors will tend to increase the direct costs of waste disposal from refurbishment compared to that from new construction, and at the same time to limit towards zero opportunities for on-site segregation. At the same time, the financial value of materials skipped will be lower than for construction, assuming that 80% of these are end-of-life materials whose costs have already been apportioned over their purchase and use. Factoring in the above inefficiencies and material values.
There is a lack of data concerning the recycling and disposal routes for refurbishment waste ; the situation being further complicated by the fact that a significant but unverifiable proportion of segregation currently takes place off site.
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