You’ve already developed a waste management policy for ongoing consumablesOngoing consumables have a low cost per unit and are regularly used and replaced in the course of business. Examples include paper, toner cartridges, binders, batteries, and desk accessories. under MRp2; this credit involves implementing that policy. Remember that the category “ongoing consumables” refers to all goods with a low per-unit cost that are regularly used and replaced. This can include, but is not limited to: paper, toner cartridges, glass, metals, plastics, cardboard, batteries, fluorescent lamps, food waste, and landscaping waste.
To best manage the ongoing consumables waste stream, project teams should maintain and improve the building recycling program and carefully track the amount of waste that is diverted from the landfill during the performance period. You may have to develop a new system for the data management involved in this credit—many buildings don’t keep details about their waste stream, and many that do use tracking systems don’t record the specific data points required by LEED.
Use the monthly tracked data to determine whether your program is meeting its goals or if there are additional opportunities to improve recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
You cannot use the waste audit conducted for MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit to show compliance with this credit. The waste audit is simply a one-time, detailed snapshot of waste profiles, whereas this credit requires ongoing performance based on monthly tracking of key waste streams.
It’s critical that your waste haulers understand the level of data tracking that you need, especially when you are dealing with multiple haulers. Proactive communication with haulers, building occupants, and tenants about your waste management efforts will be a great help in managing this credit effectively.
There are a few possible solutions out there to solve this problem:
Yes. Use the Solid Waste Conversion Tables in the v2009 Reference Guide under MRc6, with will give you a conversion factor (lbs/cy) depending on the density of the collected item.
There really is no good way we know of to accurately track the diversion rate of batteries. In general you are expected to maintain a collection of batteries for recycling, and then recycle 100% of those batteries.
No, the diversion rate can be determined by knowing the total amount of recycling waste that was diverted, including all categories of recycled waste (i.e. glass, metal, paper, cardboard, etc).
Develop a solid waste management policy for ongoing consumables in conjunction with MRp2: Solid Waste Management Policy.
It’s a good idea to conduct a waste audit, in conjunction with MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit, to investigate the contents of the current waste stream, identify opportunities for increased diversion rates, and generate ideas to foster higher diversion rates. This optional activity can significantly improve recycling rates in your building.
Consider operating procedures that foster increased diversion rates and minimize waste generation, including:
In multi-tenant buildings, investigate the individual tenants’ waste-diversion needs and communicate the building’s overall goals for waste diversion. Effective programs for managing diversion of shredded office paper will be especially important.
If a tenant or group of tenants uses their own hauler to manage waste or recyclables, and they make up less than 10% of the total floor area of the project building, you may completely exclude those waste amounts from your tracking.
Establish a method for tracking both ongoing consumables sent to the landfill and those that are diverted through recycling, reuse, or other methods.
You can track waste streams by weight or volume, although weight is considered more accurate. When containers are measured by volume, they are often estimated visually as “half full”, “three-quarters full” or “full.” The hauler will then approximate the amount of waste based on the volume of the empty dumpster or receptacle. This method can be highly inaccurate, especially if the waste materials are big empty containers that take up a lot of space in the receptacle.
Haulers seldom weigh loads upon pickup. If your hauler can’t provide receipts with waste amounts by weight, try to work with them to develop a process for taking more accurate volume measurements that are based on more sound methods than visual estimation.
You will need to implement and maintain a data tracking system to document compliance with this credit. Buildings often lack existing systems with which to track waste streams or use tracking systems that don’t record the specific data required by LEED-EBOM . If your hauler doesn’t provide you with pickup receipts, request the data on a regular basis and keep track in a spreadsheet or other database tool.
Use the Solid Waste Management Tracking Sheet to track monthly recycling rates—see the Documentation Toolkit. This worksheet may be used to track recycling rates internally, but be sure to transfer the data to the LEED Online credit form before submitting your LEED application. LEEDuser offers tracking sheets to track the waste streams for MRc7, MRc8 and MRc9 separately.
Ask haulers to collect waste and recyclable materials on an “as needed” basis to save on hauling costs.
Develop a plan for diverting all dry-cell batteries in conjunction with MRp2: Solid Waste Management Policy. This includes all alkaline and rechargeable batteries, as well as used batteries for cell phones and PDAs.
On an annual basis, verify that your system for collecting used batteries is clearly communicated to building occupants, janitorial staff, and waste haulers; that collection points are easily accessible; and that the collection procedure is well-documented to inform new tenants or occupants.
Track and calculate the total amount of ongoing consumable waste generated and the total amount diverted from the landfill.
Tally receipts from the hauler on a monthly basis to keep track of waste-diversion rates.
If possible, track individual waste stream components that are diverted from the landfill and isolate these values for the purposes of documentation. Ask your waste hauler about providing itemized hauler reports so that you can consistently track the separate waste streams from your building’s ongoing consumables waste, such as paper, cardboard, and glass.
Many waste haulers will provide a breakout of recycled materials by material type upon request, but it is a good idea to check with your hauler to see if they provide this level of detail before implementing your program so that you can create your own process for tracking recyclables if necessary.
Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
To facilitate the reduction of waste and toxins generated from the use of ongoing consumable products by building occupants and building operations that are hauled to and disposed of in landfills or incineration facilities.
Maintain a waste reduction and recycling program that addresses materials with a low cost per unit that are regularly used and replaced through the course of business. These materials include at a minimum, paper, toner cartridges, glass, plastics, cardboard and old corrugated cardboard, food waste, and metals. Materials that may be considered either ongoing consumablesOngoing consumables have a low cost per unit and are regularly used and replaced in the course of business. Examples include paper, toner cartridges, binders, batteries, and desk accessories. or durable goodsDurable goods have a useful life of 2 years or more and are replaced infrequently or may require capital program outlays. Examples include furniture, office equipment, appliances, external power adapters, televisions, and audiovisual equipment. (see MR Credit 8: Solid Waste Management—Durable Goods) can be counted under either category provided consistency is maintained with MR Credit 8, with no contradictions, exclusions or double-counting. Consistency must also be maintained with MR Credits 1: Sustainable Purchasing—Ongoing Consumables and 5: Sustainable Purchasing—Food.
Reuse, recycle or compost 50% of the ongoing consumables waste stream (by weight or volume).
Have a battery recycling program in place that implements the battery recycling policy adopted in MR Prerequisite 2: Solid Waste Management Policy. The program must have a target of diverting at least 80% of discarded batteries from the trash, and actual diversion performance must be verified at least annually. The program must cover all portable dry-cell types of batteries, including single-use and/or rechargeables used in radios, phones, cameras, computers and other devices or equipment.
Maintain a waste reduction and recycling program that addresses materials with a low cost per unit that are regularly used and replaced through the course of business. Encourage a high level of recycling by building occupants.
Provides resources and ideas for boosting recycling and waste reduction efforts.
Waste Wise is a free, voluntary EPA program that helps U.S. organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste disposal.
WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA program that U.S. organizations can use to track, manage, and reduce their municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes.
Use this spreadsheet (with sample data included) to track your the ongoing consumablesOngoing consumables have a low cost per unit and are regularly used and replaced in the course of business. Examples include paper, toner cartridges, binders, batteries, and desk accessories. portion of your waste stream for credit compliance.
The two sample narratives in this document demonstrate what details you may want to provide on your waste-reduction and battery-recycling programs. Note: these narratives are for demonstration purposes only; projects must write narratives that accurately reflect project specifics.
This LEED Online form with sample data and tips demonstrates how to document MRc7.
The following links take you to the public, informational versions of the dynamic LEED Online forms for each EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems.-2009 MR credit. You'll need to fill out the live versions of these forms on LEED Online for each credit you hope to earn.
Version 4 forms (newest):
Version 3 forms:
These links are posted by LEEDuser with USGBC's permission. USGBC has certain usage restrictions for these forms; for more information, visit LEED Online and click "Sample Forms Download."
My client is a multi-tenant. The building total waste is strictly controlled and all tenants participate in the waste selective collection and the condominium is the responsible for all of the waste separation and disposal.
The problem occurs with the only residue measured by volume, and not by weight, which is the organic waste, and it basically consists of toilet waste.
Tenants say that every volume considered "organic" comes from toilets, however the the volume is too high and when using the volume to weight conversion, all of our efforts to divert waste from landfills end up being in vain.
We were able to recycle 100% of glass, paper, cardboard, plastic and aluminum waste, however, once we include the amount of organic waste, we reach less than 50% of the value.
Can I remove the organic waste of MRc7 credit and only introduce it to MRC6 audit?
Is there an alternative that I can use to comply with this credit?
The project im working on has a "unicycling" bin in which both garbage and recyclables all go into one dumpster to be sorted off site. The cleaning staff come in once a week and bag up the garbage and recycling seperately and throw it all into the one commingled bin. Any ideas on how to measure volume of recyclables vs trash? Also, does all of the waste leaving the building need to be quantified or can we sample something like twice a month? This is my first LEED project and any help would be appreciated.
Ryan...Ok this sounds a bit of a mess so let's break it down. First why are the custodial bagging it separate and then throwing it all in the trash bin. Step one. Audit the waste stream. This is almost being done for you as the 'once a week custodial' are separating the recycles and the trash....so you would seem to have only a small load to sort through. The results will be a list of all the items in the TOTAL stream, sub divided into recycles, trash, compostables, etc. Now comes the difficult bit. To gain the credit all the recycles must be recycled, but where? Options could be that they are seperately hauled by 'someone' and a 'report', weigh ticket, cash receipt provided as evidence. (Sounds basic, but that may be the only answer). Exactly how big a problem is this?
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Thanks for taking a minute to respond to my question on LEED User. Let me try and clarify my problem.
We currently have separate bins for all of our trash and recyclables throughout our building. The cleaning staff then collects and bags the trash and recyclables separately. All of the bags are then thrown into one large dumpster. These dumpsters are then collected and separated off site into recyclables and non-recyclables by our trash haulers. 100% of recyclable content gets recycled because there is no way for someone to put a bottle in the waste bin by accident. The only reason we bag garbage separately is so the garbage does not contaminate the paper for recycling. I just don’t know how to quantify how much recycling vs. garbage we produce unless we have the cleaning staff bag the garbage and recycling separately and then I quantify the volumes myself at the end of the week.
I hope this is clearer. I really would like to figure out how to get this credit.
Thanks again, Ryan
Here's a suggestion. Can you get the waste hauler to produce numbers (Verifiable numbers) of their recycle %? (It's not 100%...probably nearer 60%).
You'll need to use your separate bin method to show how much % you're doing in the building and complete a waste audit on the total stream to see what you're missing in the recycle.
Now comes the problem, you're waste hauler will get, as I think, about 60%. The waste audit will show that you have the potential to recycle, say 85% and your separate bin method will show that you are currently managing 70%.
The GBCI will then ask...'how are you going to close the gap?...and it's a valid question. Even the 'requirements' of MR6 ask..."...Identify opportunities for increased recycling and waste diversion". So you'll need to come up with a provable plan to do so...enact it and prove it within the performance period
Thank you for your prompt reply. I think I can get this to work out.
Its this weird "unicycling" bin we have, i'm trying to parse out all the details. We can get separate bins, but it might cost more. I am working on that now. I will let you know what I come up with.
With your suggestion in mind, I called our waste hauler and found our unicycling bin has a diversion rate of about 30%! Terrible. I called up and switched our service to two smaller bins, one for garbage and one for recycling. This will allow us to monitor how much we recycle by volume, and as an added bonus is going to save the company $800 a year.
Thanks for the insight, Ryan
We're currently working on a project in Fresno, where they have a published diversion rate for all waste of 75%. All waste is separated into either standard waste bins or a recycling bin. Given that all waste is considered 75% diverted, doe a full audit need to take place, or can we attempt alternative compliance because our hauler handles all building waste?
Edward. You'll still need to undertake a full audit. There is always a little confusion between the prereqs and credits. What you're calling the 75% diversion is in fact for the on-going credit and will need to be tracked constantly to maintain that credit over a period. Provided you can gain a good report from the hauler that stands GBCI investigation then you're good to go. The audit is different. Here you'll need to work out what is in the total waste stream leaving the building...both trash and recycle and quantify both. The point of the audit is to help you quantify all the possible items that could be recycled, composted, etc...and/or give you kudos for the great job that's already being done. So gloves on..and jump in.
Has anyone had any experience with this bulb crusher technology in terms of being an on-site solution to spent lamps that is acceptable under LEED EB?
The company provides a disposal certificate so will this meet the intent?
Myria, although I've seen these units in action I've not placed them into the EB program. The basics of LEED EB require ‘safe handling’ and ‘compliant disposal’.
Obviously all building operator know how to handle mercury containing fixtures (or at least they should) and different jurisdictions require various methods for safe disposal (check with the local waste disposal website in your area)..However, if we take California as being the ‘market leader’ then this extract from their website covers the minimum for handling:
All fluorescent lamps and tubes must be recycled, or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility, a universal waste handler (e.g., storage facility or broker), or an authorized recycling facility. (Title 22, division 4.5, chapter 23, section 66273.8
But this following note is important:
Note: Operating a fluorescent lamp/tube crusher in California would be considered hazardous waste treatment. Operating a fluorescent lamp crusher in California would require a "standardized permit" from the Department of Toxic Substances Control. Contact the DTSC office near you for more information on standardized treatment permits before you invest in a fluorescent lamp crusher.
So from these two I would approach the ‘crusher’ company and get details from them as to the ‘safety aspects’ of their equipment, codes and standards that they adhere to and full specs of the unit and any ‘standardized permits’
Second. Then what happens to the contents of the bin once it is full…where does it go, standards of disposal, weigh bills are very important, etc etc. With that all written out and a few photos you should be good for upload to the relevant credits.
Barry, many thanks for this perspective. Although I don't want to promote a given product per se, it seems a good idea to see if the company has done the legwork to get their product evaluated under LEED as my clients are using or considering this item in particular. As always, the 'chain of custody' and documentation for the process are important so I will follow up as you recommend with our provincial hazardous regulations.
I'm having problems with the Tracking Sheet in the Documentation Toolkit. The drop-down menus are empty. Is it just me?
Also, can we get an unlocked version, so we can adjust it and add features for internal use? Thank you very much
Design Alaska, I apologize for the delay in addressing this. I am still working on it.
Thank you, Tristan. I'm sure you've been busy preparing for, and recovering from, Greenbuild.
The tracking sheet now posted above is unlocked.
As far as the drop-down menus, I don't know what you mean. There aren't drop-down menus.
Thank you very much, Tristan.
There are two columns that have drop-down menus ("Diverted from Landfill?" and "Diversion Method"). The drop-down menus are empty, however, so nothing can be selected.
Now that the spreadsheet is unlocked, I can fix it for my use, but it may be helpful to others to either clear the data validation (drop-down menu), or to fill in the drop-down with appropriate options (recycled, donated, internal reuse, composted, other, etc.). Thank you again for providing this resource.
It looks like project teams must account for Food Waste during the Performance period. Composting is not particularly feasible in our area for many reasons, so my question is while we may need to account for the food waste, must our recycling program provide some method of diverting food waste? Also, may we lump "food waste" in with "waste destined for landfill" or does this need to be broken out? Thanks in advance for your response!
Elizabeth, if you have no way of diverting food waste, then this will simply be part of the waste stream that doesn't count toward your credit compliance.
Hi All, I was surprised not to find this in a previous post but I'm glad im bringing it up as it is getting to be a popular item. Has anyone had experience any High Volume Food Decomposition systems a.k.a digesters? The machines combine heat, water, and biodegradable micro organisms to process all types of food waste and turn it in to a small discharge of gray water that is discharged into the wastewater line. Test show no harm to water quality.
So with that aside...my question is, would LEED EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems. treat this method of disposal as Waste Diversion which is defined as "a management activity that disposes of waste other than through incineration or the use of landfills. Could it count towards the Ongoing ConsumablesOngoing consumables have a low cost per unit and are regularly used and replaced in the course of business. Examples include paper, toner cartridges, binders, batteries, and desk accessories. credit?
I had recently heard of GBCI denying this as a strategy at another entertainment and hospitality facility but I do not understand why they would.
Thanks! look forward to the feedback!
I would guess that if you're contributing to the wastewater you're producing then it would not meet the intent of this credit. Why not compost and create a usable product as the outcome?
Another factor is the load that food waste puts on the wastewater treatment facility. Composting would be great and there are a lot options you can do. There maybe a community garden that would like your food scraps, a composter on site could provide compost to employees or even farmers. I do want to encourage your project. The EPA has statistics that show food waste is around 14% of the US's solid waste.
Great photo, by the way.
I don't think this would fly either, because a) there's no useful product at they end as their would be with recycling or composting as Emily notes, b) it seems a little unlikely to me that there wouldn't be a water quality issue - what about nutrient loading from pushing all that added organic matter into the wastewater system -what water quality tests were performed, and c) other than not taking up land area, it's unclear that this strategy is less energy, pollution, water intensive then sending waste to landfill (e.g., does this produce methane?).
I am having difficulty on what to do with all my ink. I work for a city government, and can not go to recycled ink due to contracts with the printing company.I read in the LEED EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems. book where you are able to account for ink and ink cartridges that are recycled. Any tips on how we can go about this process. We do recycle the cartridges, but am unsure how to document these.
Lets look at basics, if you are recycling then thank you, and I know sometimes these actions aren't that easy to quantify especially over a longer period. Like most of the LEED credits 'provable actions' speak loudly. Now I'm assuming that your recycling to some central 'point'....a vendor perhaps. Is there any chance of getting a reply from them accepting your recycled cartridges....if not at least track yourself how many cartridges you are sending and to what address. (Perhaps start looking for a vendor who will be able to reply to you...as this piece of paper will work wonders with the GBCI)
Of course I'm thinking that you have more than 3 cartridges to recycle (Staples do a 'buy back' and issue a receipt for the 3 a day you take in). Failing both of those I would: 1. Track every cartridge, date and address sent to and/or 2. find a vendor to work with you (Vendor could be a donation place...school for example). I hope that this helps.
Thank You Very Much for your quick response. The problem we are running into is, that roughly 35-40% of our purchases are these ink cartridges. On the spreadhseet tracking our purchases, they are not meeting any of the criteria, but we do recycle them. Is there a way to account for this, to improve our percentage in the ongoing consumablesOngoing consumables have a low cost per unit and are regularly used and replaced in the course of business. Examples include paper, toner cartridges, binders, batteries, and desk accessories. category?
Wow, what are your guys printing...War and Peace each day??. OK, If you have no vendor recycling reports of any sort (and please check that there is nowhere where you can recycle and get a document of some sort) then you will have to count (by weight or volume) to your best method possible (and I would include lots of photos) and provide this to the USGBC (by filling in the form with the total amount...weight or volume...that you have recycled in the performance period) The term the USGBC use is "hauler reports or similar RELIABLE data". Explain clearly in supporting narratives why you have no 'hauler reports' and indicate what methodology that you chose to prove that your data is reliable and to the absolute best knowledge, where all these ink cartridges are ending up. (Think of it as closing the loop) Add in copies of the boxes that the original cartridges came in that show that they can be recycled and that the boxes contain details of recycling methodologies (and of course you are using one of these methodologies) Add log details of how they are collected and how and where you store them prior to bulking them up for posting or whichever method you are using (FedEx, UPS, etc)
I suggest that you contact the manufacturers and point out that tracking the recycled unit would be of great help to you and to LEED (and those that follow behind you)
Great project...good luck
My project is having problems tracking their trash and recyclables by volume. The trash is compacted 4:1 in a trash compactor. This trash remains in its compacted state even when it is in the landfill. The recyclables are collected loose and not compacted. I assumed we would be tracking the loose recyclable volume vs a calculated loose trash volume, in order to compare apples to apples. But could we consider the reduction in total volume in the landfill by the compacted trash as fulfilling the credit intent and count the compacted volume against the loose recyclable volume?
I don't think that will fly Kristen. LEED allows projects the option of volume or weight because neither metric is really perfect, and because tracking by weight (which seems on balance the better measure) is very difficult for many projects which do not have appropriate scales available. But as you said - the apples to apples comparison doesn't work if you are compacting one of your streams and not the others. LEED is less worried about the actual displacement of air/space resulting from your waste than in the relative amounts of waste vs recycling. So your original assumption was accurate - you should compare your loose recyclable volume vs a calculated loose trash volume. And make sure you clearly document your method for that calculation! Hope that helps,
We recently hire a new waste hauler who uses scaled front loader trucks to collect our waste & recyclables. Our numbers are slowly creeping towards the 50%, but we want to include the shredded/sensitive paper amounts of each of our tenants as this would improve our number significantly. Are we allowed to estimate based on bin gallon size the amount of weight and frequency of pick ups and possibly use a 75% fill rate to be conservative and add to our recyclables weight to improve our score? We are a multi-tenant building and not all senstive paper collection providers weigh their bins upon pick up and nor would we be able to enforce our tenants to give us weights or % filled up each pick up. Thanks in advance.
That's a tough one Paul - in general the rule is that either weight or volume needs to be measured, particularly because basing your calculations on an assumed fill rate won't allow for useful tracking if/when your program improves or decreases performance (for the shredded paper). I wonder if there is any way to have the hauler perform even a very rough measurement of fullness when they collect? Either a visual check or, if they can't open the bins, some kind of measurement using a yardstick slid into the drop-slot on the top? Short of that, I think the next best thing would be using an assumed fill rate, but one that is generated by actual measurements from a sampling of bins. I have a project that estimated bag weight in this fashion - rather than weighing every bag, they weighed a sample of bags x times per week to produce a multiplier. They updated that multiplier every month to ensure it was reflecting changes in their program. An imperfect solution, but better than pretending that no shredded paper is being diverted! Hope this helps a little.
Does anybody have a practicle way in which they "verify" their performance for Battery diversions? In the EU it is law to seperately dispose of batteries. I don't know anyone who would simply throw a battery in the bin, so I need to have a concrete idea of what is meant for when the client looks at me funny when I explain this to him.
Jean, did you review the earlier discussion on this topic? That's a good starting place.
You've hit on a weak area here..basically do what you want but have method to show the reviewer that you've completed the program. Much of this will come from how much you're disposing of...in a very large complex there are several 'recycling companies' that deal only with batteries (they produce a wonderful report showing all the breakdown of mercury, cadmiumA naturally-occurring element and source of pigments that were once a staple in paints, but now is largely phased out in architectural coatings except for certain specialty products. High exposure to cadmium can cause a variety of health problems, including kidney damage., etc...but of course that type of service costs!). If you are small complex then there may be only a couple of handfulls per month. Bag them and take these to your local recycling centre, they 'may' give you a receipt, but it's doubtful. So in this situation just go ahead and record on the recycling numbers what you consider the correct amount of weight. At the end of the day you really should be commended for at least making the effort to quantify the total. Regards
I still need clarification on the amount of time we need to track recyclables and waste for this credit. How long does the performance period need to be? We have limited resources here and the longer the tracking period, the more potential for error. Thanks.
The minimum performance period for MRc7 is three months; for your submittal, you won't be required to submit any more than that. However, tracking waste/recycling is the kind of thing that is so integral to long-term sustainable operations that your goal should be to create a tracking system that makes it cost-effective to do so over a much longer period. Hope that helps.
The LEED template for v2008 asks that we check a box stating that 'the materials data reported in the calculations below includes, but is not limited to, paper, toner cartridges, glass, plastics, cardboard and old corrugated cardboard, food waste, metals.' Does this mean we need to list toner cartridges as a separate line? Are there any other items that need to be broken out?
I believe that even in the olden days of EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems. v2008, the template encouraged projects to break out materials which were diverted, but did not require it. Because commingled recycling has become even more commonplace since then, many projects have a single number for 'recycled material' that represents all or many of the items listed above. In many instances, however, things like food waste and toner cartridges are collected separate from the commingled waste stream, and therefore a separate figure may be available. But you certainly do need to account for all of the materials listed in either the recycled or conventionally-disposed side of the equation.
In LEED EB:O&M, MR credits 7-9, measurment and documentation of on-going consumable, durable goodsDurable goods have a useful life of 2 years or more and are replaced infrequently or may require capital program outlays. Examples include furniture, office equipment, appliances, external power adapters, televisions, and audiovisual equipment., etc. is required during the performance period. My understanding is that this is to be maintained indefinitley i.e. solid waste tracking programs for the building are established during or before the performance period and are continued throughout the life of the building. Correct?
My other question is whether it is possible to use a volume metric for one credit and a weight metric for another in the same category, or do they all need to be consistent? Example: For MR C7: Solid Waste Management - Ongoing ConsumablesOngoing consumables have a low cost per unit and are regularly used and replaced in the course of business. Examples include paper, toner cartridges, binders, batteries, and desk accessories., we record the volumes of our on-going consumable waste and for MR C8: Solid Waste Management - Durable Goods, weight is used to document our durable good waste. Is that acceptable?
We are new to LEED, so any help or clarification is greatly appreciated!
Yes and yes Andrew. The intent of LEED is that you establish the tracking program before the performance period and then tracking becomes part of your buildings operating practices for the life of the building. The performance period is merely a sample of that tracking. In terms of metrics, you can vary metrics between credits - the specifics you note are quite common given the nature of OC's and DG's. Good luck with your waste program.
Hi I was wondering if it was possible to document the solid waste management for both ongoing and durable goodsDurable goods have a useful life of 2 years or more and are replaced infrequently or may require capital program outlays. Examples include furniture, office equipment, appliances, external power adapters, televisions, and audiovisual equipment. in an alternative way. The problem we are encountering is that we are trying to certify one building, but that building is apart of a campus. They share all the same waste and are collected all into one bin. It is extremely difficult for our waste collectors to sort out the waste from just one building. Our waste management said they can most likely document the buildings waste separately for maybe a week or two but beyond that would be to resource heavy on their part. The waste management suggested they could just document whole campus data, because it would be an easier process for them to manage campus data as opposed to separating all the trash coming from that one building.
This is a question that lots of folks have struggled with and I can offer some insight, if not a definitive answer. My understanding is that the USGBC/GBCI hasn't provided formal guidance on this issue and maintains the prerogative to determine appropriateness based on the specifics of an individual project. That being said, it is my experience that MRc7 particularly (as well as MRc8 and MRc9) can legitimately be pursued using a campus-wide number. Many of the campuses I work with have this problem - multiple buildings are served on a route, and there is no measurement technology on the trucks to assess the load from a single building. If your campus is relatively small and homogenous (in terms of building type and likely waste) the GBCI is more likely to be sympathetic. On the other hand, an alternative approach (with a higher degree of certainty about GBCI ruling) is to implement your own waste volume tracking protocol - effectively finding a way to have your staff estimate the volume of each material leaving the building before each pickup. We have implemented a similar approach at a number of buildings and after overcoming a bit of bellyaching from the custodial staff who had to look in the dumpsters every day and write down the % fullness, it's worked quite nicely. (Final note: MRc6 is, in contrast to MRc7-9, never earnable on a campus-wide basis. Waste audits must be building-specific.) Hope that helps!
I was wondering for the situation where they had written the % fullness from the dumpster, how did they determine which went to the dump and which was recycled, composted, etc?
Ah, Richard - That's a whole new level of trouble! In our situation, we had occupant material separation so the staff recorded information for the recycling dumpster, the compost bin, and the landfill-directed dumpster separately. If you have only a single bin where ALL facility waste is collected and then sorted off-site, my suggestion isn't going to be helpful and I think you are back to using a campus-wide number. You might consider submitting a CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide early in your certification process to confirm that this will be viable, but, unless your building is somehow unique to your campus AND likely to be the worst-performing (and therefore getting its lousy recycling performance masked by the campus-wide figure) I would think you'll find a reasonable response from GBCI.
My question is in regards to the level of detailed required for this credit. Most offices collect commingled recyclables such as glass, plastic and aluminum cans; essentially single-use drink containers. Can these recycling streams be reported together?
Absolutely - simply enter them as 'commingled' in the template and note what types of material are included in the commingled collection stream. Note that this flexibility for MRc7 differs from MRc6, in which an EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems.-compliant waste audit requires a more complete sorting of materials to identify missed opportunities.
My question is similar to the one above and the question above about depth of data collection. Since all of our recyclables are commingled can I just say 'Commingled' in the template and note all the materials that are recycled (paper, cardboard, glass, metals, plastics...) since our hauler does not have the ability to measure each trip how much glass, cardboard, paper individually. We receive monthly reports stating pounds recycled vs. pounds landfilled and wanted to know if this would suffice.
In Credit MRc6, we stated all sensitive shredded paper is 100% recycled and landscape waste is 100% recycled onsite, but was not included in our calculations. Is it safe for this credit to not include weights of either again as we do not have a means to measure the weight of landscape material or shredded paper especially since our building is a multiple tenants and we do not want to inconvenience our tenants in weighing their sensitive papers.
That would suffice Paul - for MRc7 the distribution of materials within your recycling stream matters much less than the overall weight/volume of the recycled material. And I think you are safe on landscape waste and shredded paper as long as you exclude them from the calculation completely; to include them you'd need some kind of measurement (many of my clients estimate volumes visually then convert to weight using EPA conversion rates), but if you simply exclude them from the equation with a note that 100% is recycled, you should be fine.
Hi, I was wondering, How are supposed to quantify individual categories of ongoing consumablesOngoing consumables have a low cost per unit and are regularly used and replaced in the course of business. Examples include paper, toner cartridges, binders, batteries, and desk accessories. that sent to the landfill. Everything is thrown away in the same trash so it would be very difficult to quantify for example what percentage is paper goes to the landfill. It would be possible to quantify the amount diverted becaue it is regularly separated. Can someone clarify the requirements for me, Thanks,
Hi Rachael -
For this credit, all you need to do is track the total amount of waste sent to the landfill and the total amount of waste recycled, composted, etc. You don't need to quantify what percentage of paper or other specific materials go to the landfill for this credit (though you do need to do this to achieve MRc6). Your waste hauler should be able to provide you with information on the total amount of waste, recycling, compost, etc. you produce.
How in-depth must you track your waste stream? Will you qualify for this credit if you simply track the volume of recycling vs. volume of total waste?
Yep, to comply with the credit requirements, you only need to document the total amount of waste generated during the performance period and then specify the amount of recycling that occurred during the same period. You don't need to provide hauler receipts, but it is a good idea to try to separate out the different types of recycling (i.e. glass, plastic, cardboard, paper, etc.) and note who the hauler was for each type of recycled material. You can easily track the amount of recycled material by using the Waste Management Tracking Sheet for Ongoing ConsumablesOngoing consumables have a low cost per unit and are regularly used and replaced in the course of business. Examples include paper, toner cartridges, binders, batteries, and desk accessories. located in the Documentation Toolkit section; if you use this tracking sheet throughout your performance period, it should be a snap to complete the LEED Credit Form and include detailed recycling info.
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