The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is a voluntary set of building performance standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Its goal is maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impact. LEED certification is available for all building types including new construction and major renovation. A point based system, LEED projects earn LEED points for satisfying specific green building criteria. The number of points the project earns determines the level of LEED Certification the project receives and waste removal and recycling are an important part of this process.
By implementing a C&D waste-recycling program, possibly hundreds of ton of materials could be diverted into reuse, extending their life cycle, saving natural resources, cutting production costs and reducing pressure on landfill space. This model of reuse can apply to a vast array of materials, ranging from concrete and brick, corrugated cardboard, clean wood, metal, ceiling tiles, asphalt shingles, glass and gypsum wallboard. Funneling these materials to local markets can have a positive impact on economics and good public relations for facility owners.
Many contractors already employ informal recycling on their sites as a matter of sound economics. With proper and clear communication, it's relatively easy and cost effective to expand this into a larger program that diverts greater C&D waste streams from landfills.
RPJ Waste Services, Inc. can help you establish a suitable policy, implement a specific program on your job site and document the results as part of the LEED certification process for your project. Please Contact Us for more information.
Additional great recycling programs available through RPJ Waste are...
|LEED – Construction Site Recycling|
|Single Stream Recycling for businesses|
|Wood / Yard Waste Recycling|