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Building with Waste: A Creative Diversion Towards Managing Wood Pallet Waste in Hawai'i

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Title:Building with Waste: A Creative Diversion Towards Managing Wood Pallet Waste in Hawai'i
Authors:Intong, Rubinson
Contributors:Bussiere, Simon M. (advisor)
Architecture (department)
Building Waste Materials
Waste Diversion
Wood Pallet Waste
Date Issued:2019
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Abstract:This project looks to develop second-life waste diversion strategies for wood pallet disposition in Hawai’i through an exploration of various waste building material processes that lead to the creation of remanufactured waste building products. Facilitating this recycling process is the design for a pilot recycling program and facility that will house the necessary processing equipment to produce the said building products. While wood pallet wastes continue to be a prevalent waste stream in Hawaii, produced highly from big-box companies and industrial warehouses, there is a strong DIY culture in our Hawaii communities that either build with or without recycled materials. The objective is then how the design intervention can service these commercial businesses and their wood pallet wastes, and support, equip, and encourage our communities to be a part of the solution.
Part 1 of the research project contextualizes the background of wood pallet waste and waste management in Hawai‘i, which will include quantitative and qualitative data from various waste reports. Part 2 investigates applicable product manufacturing strategies for upcycling wood pallet waste through case study research on creative waste building materials. The most applicable and efficient process(s) and building product(s), will be used for primary function and aspects of the pilot recycling facility design. Part 3 focuses on precedent studies of model recycling programs, locally or abroad, aimed to develop a concept collection and facilitation strategy for Hawaii’s wood pallet waste. Part 4 and 5 end the project by locating an opportunity site for the placement of the final pilot recycling facility design.
This intervention responds to the need for waste reduction and landfill diversion, by reinjecting value to the life of waste materials, thus averting environmental impact caused by contemporary waste management systems. As the population grows and urbanization continues to sprawl, more preemptive planning and creative solutions such as this should be considered to prevent further future waste streams, while promoting public awareness, and potentially new socio-economic culture.
Description:Arch.D. Thesis. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2019
Pages/Duration:166 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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