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LEED BD+C: Retail | v3 - LEED 2009

Storage and collection of recyclables

MRp1 | Required


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


Conduct a waste stream study to identify the top 5 recyclable waste streams by either weight or volume. The waste study shall categorize all waste streams consistently by either weight or volume, identify which waste streams are recyclable, and list the top 3 waste streams for which collection and storage space will be provided. If no information is available on typical waste streams for the project, projects should make projections based on the types of waste their operations will produce and similar operations. For those retailers with existing stores of similar size and function, historical information from these locations can be used.

Provide an easily accessible dedicated area or areas that serve the retail project and are dedicated to the separation, collection, and storage of materials for a minimum of the top 3 recyclable waste streams as identified by the waste study. The location of the collection and storage bins should be located in convenient proximity to the source of recyclable waste in the front or back of house. Examples of potential recyclable waste streams include plastic film, plastics, hanger metals, paper, cardboard, food waste, glass, or special waste as defined by local code.

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