Maximize construction and demolition recycling pertinent to daily operations.
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- Develop a comprehensive construction and demolition (C&D) recycle program for on-going operations that reduces waste stream costs, diverts materials from the landfill and engages staff and vendors.
Project Talking Points
- Healthcare facilities typically have a construction and demolition (C&D) dumpster on-site at all times to capture waste associated with rennovations, facility upgrades, bulky waste, etc.
- The C&D waste stream can constitue a significant portion of a hospitals overall waste stream, of which an estimated 90% can be recycled.
- Waste stream vendors may offer a single stream approach to C&D recycling, where the materials are sorted off-site and recycled. This reduces the number of on-site containers, simplifies education related to C&D segregation and maximizes materials recycled. However, the costs associated with single stream C&D recycling are typically higher than sorting on-site.
- Partner with construction contractors when developing your C&D recycle program as they are typically knowledagable and supportive of C&D recycle programs.
Triple Bottom Line Benefits
- Cost benefits
- Construction waste recycling is typically less expensive than landfilling and significant rebates can exist for materials such as cardboard and metals.
- Environmental benefits
- Materials are recycled and re-purposed.
- Health and safety benefits
- Creating awareness and engaging staff and vendors.
- Quality and outcomes - Metrics are in development. If you have suggestions, please contact us or participate in the discussion below.
- Cost benefits
If you have suggestions for purchasing considerations, or suggested sample contract language for any product or contracted service, please participate in the discussion below.
- Work with construction vendors and/or waste management companies to determine whether or not single stream C&D recycling exists in your geographical market.
- Determine construction waste recycler and identify materials that can be recovered and/or recycled during C&D. Materials can include cement, ceiling tiles, metal, cardboard, carpeting, bricks, plumbing products, wall board, cabinetry, desks, furniture, lighting fixtures, and various other products and materials.
- Build recycling specifications into the construction and demolition contracts. Be sure to specify whether materials will be sorted on-site or offsite using a single stream recycling approach and which party (vendor or hospital) covers the costs and receives associated rebates.
- Create a comprehensive and integrated plan for the recycling of C&D waste. Ensure hospital-based staff, waste stream vendors and construction contractors agree to adhere to the plan.
- Designate a specific area appropriate for either on-site or off-site sorting of materials.
- Develop appropriate educational materials, signage, etc. to ensure all involved parties are aware of what’s recyclable and the process.
- Develop a monthly vendor reporting process to capture volume of materials landfilled, recycled and repurposed, costs and rebates.
- Launch C&D recycle program.
- Work with charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity to donate appropriate materials.
Regulations, Codes and Standards, Policies
- Do not include C&D recycling in your general operations recycling numbers as that will significantly skew the numbers, but ensure tracking mechanisms are established.
- ALL LEED projects require C&D recycling.
Cross References: LEED
LEED 2009 For Existing Buildings: Materials & Resources
- Credit 9: Solid Waste Management: Facility Alterations and Additions
LEED 2009 for Health Care: Materials & Resources
- Credit 2: Construction Waste Management
Cross References: GGHC
GGHC v2.2: Materials & Resources
- Credit 2.1 & 2.2 Construction Waste Management
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- Measurement and Reporting
- Measurement and Reporting
- Waste Reduction
- Engineering/Facilities Management
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