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LEED v2009
Existing Building Operations
Materials and Resources
Solid Waste Management—Ongoing Consumables

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EBOM-2009 MRc7: Solid Waste Management—Ongoing Consumables 1 point

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Intent

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.

Requirements

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 consumables or durable goods (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.

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The project building has a waste/recycling hauler that picks up containers for the building several times a week. However, at the time of pick up the building management does not know how full the containers are. The waste hauler is not willing to track this information. How should the project building track the weight or volume of the waste and recycling that is being generated and collected by the hauler?

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Intent

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.

Requirements

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 consumables or durable goods (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.

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The project building has a waste/recycling hauler that picks up containers for the building several times a week. However, at the time of pick up the building management does not know how full the containers are. The waste hauler is not willing to track this information. How should the project building track the weight or volume of the waste and recycling that is being generated and collected by the hauler?

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Is it acceptable to use a volume metric for one waste stream (landfill waste) and a weight metric for another (recycling)?

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How does the a project building track a diversion rate for recycled batteries when tracking recycling batteries is easy, but tracking batteries thrown in the trash is extremely difficult?

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The recycling waste generated from the project building is comingled. To achieve MRc7, does the recycling waste need to be tracked by the categories of waste identified in MRc6 (glass, metal, paper, cardboard, etc.)?

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We compost all of the landscape waste generated onsite. Can we include landscape waste in the credit calculations?

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Are mercury-containing lamps included in the credit calculations?

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