This credit involves implementing the prerequisite policy you developed and demonstrating actual waste diversion achievement over the performance period. Teams must track waste generation and diversion for both ongoing consumables and durable goodsProducts with a useful life of approximately two or more years and that are replaced infrequently. Examples include furniture, office equipment, appliances, external power adapters, televisions, and audiovisual equipment., and achieve the minimum diversion rate for both to earn the credit (50% for ongoing waste, 75% for durable goods waste).
Teams should maintain and improve recycling programs for all materials covered by this credit. You may have to develop a new system for managing the data involved – some 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.
Consider tracking data on a monthly basis 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.
There really is no perfect 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. Performing regular tenant outreach and training custodial staff on recycling programs can also help you achieve a 100% recycling rate for batteries.
Projects that divert 75% of ongoing consumables and 100% of durable goods can earn exemplary performance. And remember, you can skip the waste audit required by the prerequisite if you divert 75% of ongoing consumables and earn this credit.
To reduce the waste that is generated by building occupants and hauled to and disposed of in landfills and incinerators.
Maintain a waste reduction and recycling program that reuses, recycles, or composts the following:
In addition, safely dispose of the following:
K–12 schools may exclude food waste from the final performance calculations of the total building waste stream by meeting both of the following requirements.
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