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Materials and Resources

Solid waste management - ongoing

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Retail-EBOM-v4 MRc4: Solid waste management - ongoing 2 points

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Requirements

Establishment

None.

Performance

Maintain a waste reduction and recycling program that reuses, recycles, or composts the following:
  • at least 50% of the ongoing waste as specified in Materials and Resources Prerequisite: Ongoing Purchasing and Waste Policy (by weight or volume); and
  • at least 75% of the durable goods waste as specified in Materials and Resources Prerequisite: Ongoing Purchasing and Waste Policy (by weight, volume or replacement value).
In addition, safely dispose of the following:
  • all discarded batteries; and
  • all mercury-containing lamps.
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Addenda

7/1/2016
LEED Interpretation
Inquiry:

If a building has earned U.S. Zero Waste Certification, can that certification be used to document LEED Operations and Maintenance credits?

Ruling:

Yes, if a building has earned USZWB certification and the scope of the project (i.e. project boundary) is the same as a project pursuing LEED Operations and Maintenance certification, the USZWB certification can be used to document the following LEED credits, provided the corresponding USZWBC credit is earned. A scorecard for the U.S. Zero Waste Business Certification must be provided to demonstrate specific credit achievement.

LEED EB: O+M 2009
MR prerequisite 2: Solid Waste Management Policy; USZWBC includes a mandatory Zero Waste Policy
MR credit 6: Solid Waste Management – Waste Stream Audit; Zero Waste Analysis, Credit 1
MR credit 7: Solid Waste Management - Ongoing Consumables; both Diversion, Credit 1 and Hazardous Waste Prevention, Credit 5
Innovation in Operations credit 1 for Exemplary Performance if at least 95% diversion is achieved

LEED v4
MR prerequisite: Ongoing Purchasing and Waste Policy (waste policy portion only); USZWBC includes a mandatory Zero Waste Policy
MR credit: Solid Waste Management – Ongoing; both Diversion, Credit 1 and Hazardous Waste Prevention, Credit 5
Innovation credit for Exemplary Performance if at least 95% diversion is achieved

Campus Applicable
Yes
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
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Requirements

Establishment

None.

Performance

Maintain a waste reduction and recycling program that reuses, recycles, or composts the following:
  • at least 50% of the ongoing waste as specified in Materials and Resources Prerequisite: Ongoing Purchasing and Waste Policy (by weight or volume); and
  • at least 75% of the durable goods waste as specified in Materials and Resources Prerequisite: Ongoing Purchasing and Waste Policy (by weight, volume or replacement value).
In addition, safely dispose of the following:
  • all discarded batteries; and
  • all mercury-containing lamps.

In the end, LEED is all about documentation. LEEDuser’s Documentation Toolkit, for premium members only, saves you time and helps you avoid mistakes with:

  • Calculators to help assess credit compliance.
  • Tracking spreadsheets for materials purchases.
  • Spreadsheets and forms to give to subs and other team members.
  • Guidance documents on arcane LEED issues.
  • Sample templates to help guide your narratives and LEED Online submissions.
  • Examples of actual submissions from certified LEED projects.

How do we establish 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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What about exemplary performance?

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7/1/2016
LEED Interpretation
Inquiry:

If a building has earned U.S. Zero Waste Certification, can that certification be used to document LEED Operations and Maintenance credits?

Ruling:

Yes, if a building has earned USZWB certification and the scope of the project (i.e. project boundary) is the same as a project pursuing LEED Operations and Maintenance certification, the USZWB certification can be used to document the following LEED credits, provided the corresponding USZWBC credit is earned. A scorecard for the U.S. Zero Waste Business Certification must be provided to demonstrate specific credit achievement.

LEED EB: O+M 2009
MR prerequisite 2: Solid Waste Management Policy; USZWBC includes a mandatory Zero Waste Policy
MR credit 6: Solid Waste Management – Waste Stream Audit; Zero Waste Analysis, Credit 1
MR credit 7: Solid Waste Management - Ongoing Consumables; both Diversion, Credit 1 and Hazardous Waste Prevention, Credit 5
Innovation in Operations credit 1 for Exemplary Performance if at least 95% diversion is achieved

LEED v4
MR prerequisite: Ongoing Purchasing and Waste Policy (waste policy portion only); USZWBC includes a mandatory Zero Waste Policy
MR credit: Solid Waste Management – Ongoing; both Diversion, Credit 1 and Hazardous Waste Prevention, Credit 5
Innovation credit for Exemplary Performance if at least 95% diversion is achieved

Campus Applicable
Yes
Internationally Applicable:
Yes

LEEDuser expert

Dan Ackerstein

Ackerstein Sustainability, LLC
Principal

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