Date of Award

Fall 2015

Access Restriction

Campus Access only research projects

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Systems Engineering

School or College

Seaver College of Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Frederick Brown

Abstract

A major problem is looming in Saudi Arabia. The problem is a direct result of the ever growing volume of construction waste. Collecting construction waste firms are guilty of dumping waste on undeveloped lands creating a nuisance and public hazard. Landfills in major Saudi cities are nearing capacity. The facilities to sort out recyclable materials from construction waste are nearly non-existent. As a result, materials that could be recycled end up being lost in dumpsite or landfills. The cost of construction materials continues to rise with inflation. There exists opportunities to help contain construction costs, reduce landfill use, and make Saudi Arabia more ecologically compliant by applying a sustainable construction waste system. This opportunity exists in construction waste management system, and how to manage it? Providing a new or revised system will provide a more efficient and effective job in managing construction waste and will resolve many concerns for the citizens of major Saudi Arabian cities.

This paper proposes how multiple problems will be solved by developing and implementing a sustainable system to recycle construction waste and use it in the construction sector. The solution that will be chosen will maximize revenue generation from recycling, provide needed materials to the construction industry for reuse, will minimize landfill use when compared to current methods, and will support a more "green" Saudi Arabia than the current system provides.

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