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LEED v2009
Existing Building Operations
Materials and Resources

Solid Waste Management Policy

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EBOM-2009 MRp2: Solid Waste Management Policy Required

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Intent

To facilitate the reduction of waste generated by building occupants that is hauled to and disposed of in landfills or incineration facilities.

Requirements

Have in place a solid waste management policy for the building and site addressing the requirements of the waste management credits listed below as well as recycling of all mercury-containing lamps. This policy must adhere to the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance policy model (see Introduction). At a minimum, the policy must cover the waste streams that are within the building and site management’s control.

  • MR Credit 7: Solid Waste Management—Ongoing Consumables
  • MR Credit 8: Solid Waste Management—Durable Goods
  • MR Credit 9: Solid Waste Management—Facility Alterations and Additions

This prerequisite requires only policies, not ongoing actual sustainable performance.

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To comply with MRp2, the Solid Waste Management Policy must state goals associated with the requirements of MRc7, MRc8, and MRc9. Does the project team need to track the performance of these related credits’ goals during the performance period?

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Do the goals listed in the Solid Waste Management Policy need to match exactly the performance thresholds required for achieving MRc7, MRc8, and MRc9?

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The project building has multiple tenants, and several of the tenants manage their own recycling or waste diversion. Does the SWM Policy need to address the diversion of waste from those spaces?

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Intent

To facilitate the reduction of waste generated by building occupants that is hauled to and disposed of in landfills or incineration facilities.

Requirements

Have in place a solid waste management policy for the building and site addressing the requirements of the waste management credits listed below as well as recycling of all mercury-containing lamps. This policy must adhere to the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance policy model (see Introduction). At a minimum, the policy must cover the waste streams that are within the building and site management’s control.

  • MR Credit 7: Solid Waste Management—Ongoing Consumables
  • MR Credit 8: Solid Waste Management—Durable Goods
  • MR Credit 9: Solid Waste Management—Facility Alterations and Additions

This prerequisite requires only policies, not ongoing actual sustainable performance.

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To comply with MRp2, the Solid Waste Management Policy must state goals associated with the requirements of MRc7, MRc8, and MRc9. Does the project team need to track the performance of these related credits’ goals during the performance period?

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Do the goals listed in the Solid Waste Management Policy need to match exactly the performance thresholds required for achieving MRc7, MRc8, and MRc9?

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The project building has multiple tenants, and several of the tenants manage their own recycling or waste diversion. Does the SWM Policy need to address the diversion of waste from those spaces?

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Trista Little

LEED AP O+M, BD+C, Fitwel Ambassador

WSP USA
Sustainability Manager

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