LEED Recycling

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. It’s goal is maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impact. LEED certification is available for all building types including new construction and major renovation.

LEED is a point based system. 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.

Waste removal and recycling are an important part of this system.

By implementing a C&D Waste Recycling Program, possibly hundreds of tons of materials could be diverted into reuse, extending their life cycle, saving natural resources, cutting production costs and reducing pressure on landfill space. The cradle-to-cradle 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 will provide the following support for your LEED projects

Expert Consultation-RPJ is a USGBC Member
Roll-Off dumpsters with magnetic signs for all four sides describing the type of material
Free Documentation for LEED Recycling Points
Free waste / recycling report


We can help

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.