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LEED v4
Retail – New Construction
Materials and Resources

Storage and collection of recyclables

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Retail-NC-v4 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables Required

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Intent

To reduce the waste that is generated by building occupants and hauled to and disposed of in landfills.

Requirements

Conduct a waste stream study to identify the retail project’s top five recyclable waste streams, by either weight or volume, using consistent metrics. Based on the waste stream study, list the top four waste streams for which collection and storage space will be provided. If no information is available on waste streams for the project, use data from similar operations to make projections. Retailers with existing stores of similar size and function can use historical information from their other locations.

Provide dedicated areas accessible to waste haulers and building occupants for the separation, collection, and storage of recyclable materials for at least the top four recyclable waste streams identified by the waste study. Locate the collection and storage bins close the source of recyclable waste. If any of the top four waste streams are batteries, mercury-containing lamps, or electronic waste, take appropriate measures for safe collection, storage, and disposal.

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What formula should I use to determine the size of my collection/storage area?

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There are limited or no recycling services in our project location. Should I still provide the required space?

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Our municipality offers single-stream waste and recycling pickup; recyclables are separated from waste at an off-site processing facility. Even though the project needs only one type of bin, for single-stream waste, should we include space for recycling bins?

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Intent

To reduce the waste that is generated by building occupants and hauled to and disposed of in landfills.

Requirements

Conduct a waste stream study to identify the retail project’s top five recyclable waste streams, by either weight or volume, using consistent metrics. Based on the waste stream study, list the top four waste streams for which collection and storage space will be provided. If no information is available on waste streams for the project, use data from similar operations to make projections. Retailers with existing stores of similar size and function can use historical information from their other locations.

Provide dedicated areas accessible to waste haulers and building occupants for the separation, collection, and storage of recyclable materials for at least the top four recyclable waste streams identified by the waste study. Locate the collection and storage bins close the source of recyclable waste. If any of the top four waste streams are batteries, mercury-containing lamps, or electronic waste, take appropriate measures for safe collection, storage, and disposal.

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Our tab contains overall cost guidance, notes on what “soft costs” to expect, and a strategy-by-strategy breakdown of what to consider and what it might cost, in percentage premiums, actual costs, or both.

This information is also available in a full PDF download in The Cost of LEED v4 report.

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What formula should I use to determine the size of my collection/storage area?

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Are we required to collect and recycle food waste?

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Is it okay to use a collection area outside the LEED project boundary?

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There are limited or no recycling services in our project location. Should I still provide the required space?

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Our municipality offers single-stream waste and recycling pickup; recyclables are separated from waste at an off-site processing facility. Even though the project needs only one type of bin, for single-stream waste, should we include space for recycling bins?

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Jim Nicolow

FAIA, LEED Fellow

Lord Aeck Sargent
Director of Sustainability

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