Conceptualising an ethno-mimetic model for effective buildings' end-of-life waste management: A Nigerian exemplar

Aminu Lawan Abdullahi, Kenneth Otasowie, Angela Lee, Bankole Osita Awuzie, Clinton Aigbavboa, Ayodeji Oke

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In most developed nations, a formal recycling industry oversees the management of solid waste. The opposite happens to be the case in underdeveloped nations wherein, the informal recycling sector has assumed such functions. The informal methods used in Nigeria for managing buildings' end-of-life situations has shown in many ways to be compliant with the sustainability goal since they provide an excellent example of how the waste hierarchy may evolve independently, with little or no assistance from policy and regulatory bodies. The purpose of this study is to conceptualise the processes through which salvaged materials from buildings in Kano State, Nigeria is processed in a step-by-step manner, ensuring that least amounts of materials end up in a landfill. Adopting a qualitative research design to achieve the study's aim, this study engaged 19 purposively selected experts through semi-structured interviews in the city of Kano, Nigeria. The collected data was analysed using thematic analysis. Using the biomorphic adaptation of an African snail's shell, the study's findings led to the development of a conceptual model that depicts the actual scenario of handling demolition waste in Nigeria while highlighting the important elements and the inherent interactions among them. Based on these findings, the study recommends that the identified limitations in the Nigerian construction industry be addressed for the purposes of practice improvement and emergence of a comprehensive framework for the sustainable handling of building demolition waste (BDW).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-332
Number of pages11
JournalBusiness Strategy and Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023


  • Nigeria
  • buildings
  • conceptual framework
  • demolition waste
  • end-of-life
  • ethno-mimicry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • General Economics,Econometrics and Finance
  • Strategy and Management


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