Reverse logistics in the construction industry

M. R. Hosseini, R. Rameezdeen, N. Chileshe, Steffen Lehmann

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Reverse logistics in construction refers to the movement of products and materials from salvaged buildings to a new construction site. While there is a plethora of studies looking at various aspects of the reverse logistics chain, there is no systematic review of literature on this important subject as applied to the construction industry. Therefore, the objective of this study is to integrate the fragmented body of knowledge on reverse logistics in construction, with the aim of promoting the concept among industry stakeholders and the wider construction community. Through a qualitative meta-analysis, the study synthesises the findings of previous studies and
presents some actions needed by industry stakeholders to promote this concept within the real-life context. First, the trend of research and terminology related with reverse logistics is introduced. Second, it unearths the main advantages and barriers of reverse logistics in construction while providing some suggestions to harness the advantages and mitigate these barriers. Finally, it provides a future research direction based on the review.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-513
Number of pages15
JournalWaste Management and Research
Issue number6
Early online date27 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2015


  • Reverse logistics
  • RL
  • closed loop supply chain
  • material reuse
  • deconstruction
  • construction industry


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