Regulatory Frameworks for the Successful Implementation of Construction and Demolition Waste Treatment Infrastructure
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In an ever expanding world, our constant need to construct and to support a constantly growing population is resulting in significant increase in construction waste. Rapid expansion is a trend that can be seen throughout the Middle East therefore the need to manage the resulting construction waste should be seen as critical. According to the Qatar National Development Strategy (QNDS, 2018), construction waste was recorded at 3,796,540 tonnes per year in 2016 with a total of 11.5% successfully treated. The QNDS indicates that construction waste increase is expected to peak at approximately 6.6 million tonnes per annum by the year 2030 as a result of future development plans within the Qatar. A requirement exists to manage this material in a sustainable manner to minimise the quantities sent for final disposal at landfill sites which can be achieved through the treatment and reuse of the waste materials which arise form construction processes. This paper provides an overview of the methods considered suitable for the treatment of construction waste within the middle east region and describes in detail the regulatory frameworks that are typically required to support the successful implementation of construction waste treatment technology.