Identifying factors affecting the low uptake of reprocessed construction materials: A systematic literature review

Gihan Anuradha Tennakoon, Raufdeen Rameezdeen, Nicholas Chileshe

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The success of demolition waste reverse logistics supply chains (DWRLSCs) depend on the market uptake of reprocessed construction materials (RCMs) since resource recovery will not be viable without a well-developed consumption process. However, usage of RCMs is sparse while there is also limited focus in existing research on their market uptake. Therefore, this systematic literature review (SLR) attempts to discern trends in research on the use of RCMs and identify factors that limit their uptake. 52 articles from three databases published between 2000 and 2021 were selected for descriptive and content analyses. Descriptive analysis showed growing research interest in the area over the last 5 years. Content analysis was underpinned by Attitude-Behaviour-Context (ABC) Theory which focuses on pro-environmental consumer decisions. As predicted by the theory, a mix of personal and contextual factors affect the low uptake of RCMs. Negative attitudes, reluctance to change the status quo and limited decision-making capabilities were identified as personal factors that limit the use of RCMs. Similarly, contextual factors such as price, quality, information availability, market availability, sourcing lead times and lack of regulations, standards, and specifications inhibit the use of such materials. The review also proposes several future research directions to expand knowledge around this domain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)781-800
Number of pages20
JournalWaste Management and Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Demolition waste (DW)
  • attitude-behaviour-context theory
  • contextual factors
  • market
  • personal factors
  • reverse logistics (RL)
  • systematic literature review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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