Occupant recycling | U.S. Green Building Council
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LEED O+M: Existing Buildings | v2 - LEED 2.0

Occupant recycling

MRc5.1 | Possible 1 point


Facilitate the reduction of waste and toxins generated by building occupants and building operations that are hauled to and disposed of in landfills or incineration.


Have in place over the performance period a building occupant waste reduction and recycling program that addresses the separation, collection and storage of materials for recycling, including (at a minimum) paper, glass, plastics, cardboard/OCC, metals, batteries and fluorescent light bulbs and diversion from landfill disposal or incineration. Each time reusable architectural panels are moved and reinstalled, they can be counted as part of the total waste stream and included in the recycled component of the waste stream.

Collect and recycle at least 95% of the batteries used, and collect and recycle at least 95% of the fluorescent light bulbs used.

  • Divert/Recycle 30% of total waste stream (by weight or volume) (1 point)
  • Divert/Recycle 40% of total waste stream (by weight or volume) (2 points)
  • Divert/Recycle 50% of total waste stream (by weight or volume) (3 points)
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