Support a net-zero waste site and minimize down-cycling of materials by diverting, reusing, or recycling construction and demolition materials to avoid disposal in landfills or combustion in incinerators.
Percent calculations may be based on weight or volume (tons or cubic yards), but must be submitted consistently throughout. The requirements apply to non-hazardous construction and demolition materials.
Calculations in this credit exclude land-clearing materials generated during all phases of design and construction and structures and paving reused on site in their existing form.
- Develop and implement a construction waste management plan that, at a minimum, identifies the materials to be diverted from disposal and whether they will be sorted on site or co-mingled.
- Divert materials from disposal by recycling, salvaging or reusing structural materials (e.g. bricks, steel, wood), and road and infrastructure materials (e.g., pavement, drainage structures) for at least:
- 50 percent of structural materials and 95 percent of road and infrastructure materials (3 points)
- 75 percent of structural materials and 95 percent of road and infrastructure materials (4 points)
- Inventory existing materials on site and use the results to establish project goals for salvaged materials.
- Reuse existing materials on site or recycle them for on-site use when possible.
- Develop a construction waste management plan to specify and communicate the expectations and requirements of the project.
- If materials are to be reused as soil amendments (e.g., gypsum, lime), soils tests should be conducted first to determine that the material is appropriate for use with the site soils.
- Non-composted and non-organic materials should not be added to soil as an amendment unless these materials can be demonstrated to benefit site soils and planned vegetation.