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LEED O+M: Existing Buildings | v3 - LEED 2008

Solid waste management - ongoing consumables

MRc7.1 | Possible 1 point


To facilitate the reduction of waste and toxins generated from the use of ongoing consumable products by building occupants and building operations that are hauled to and disposed of in landfills or incineration facilities.


Maintain a waste reduction and recycling program that addresses materials with a low cost per unit that are regularly used and replaced through the course of business. These materials include, but are not limited to, paper, toner cartridges, glass, plastics, cardboard and old corrugated cardboard, food waste and metals. Materials that may be considered either ongoing consumables or durable goods (see MR Credit 8) can be counted under either category provided consistency is maintained with MR Credit 8, with no contradictions, exclusions or double-counting. Consistency must also be maintained with MR Credits 1 and 5.

  • MR Credit 7.1 (1 point): Reuse, recycle or compost 50% of the ongoing consumables waste stream (by weight or volume).
  • MR Credit 7.2 (2 points): Reuse, recycle or compost 70% of the ongoing consumables waste stream (by weight or volume).

Have a battery recycling program in place that implements the battery recycling policy adopted in MR Prerequisite 2. The program must have a target of diverting at least 80% of discarded batteries from the trash, and actual diversion performance must be verified at least annually. The program must cover all portable dry-cell types of batteries, including single-use and/or rechargeables used in radios, phones, cameras, computers and other devices or equipment.

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