Section 1 D Iii. Waste Minimization And Recycling

WASTE MINIMIZATION AND RECYCLING

SECTION 1 STANDARD DESIGN AND PLAN PRODUCTION CRITERIA

D. Environmental Best Management Practices for Construction

III.  WASTE MINIMIZATION AND RECYCLING

When choosing between waste minimization options, the following hierarchy for waste management is preferred: (i) waste avoidance and/or reduction (ii) reuse (iii) recycling. Diverting the waste stream in these ways means that waste treatment and waste disposal options can be reduced.  Construction sites should pursue this hierarchy and seek out waste reduction opportunities.  To identify opportunities, it is necessary to consider all aspects of the project and the wastes it generates.  Waste can be minimized by using improved technology, recycled or reused on-site, or by making purchasing decisions that favor recycled products.  Wherever possible, include performance measures and targets for reduction, reuse and recycling options in the environmental management plan.  Waste minimization opportunities include:

• Obtaining construction materials, paints, lubricants and other liquids in reusable packaging or containers.

• Using noise barriers made from recycled materials

• Using overburden to construct temporary noise barriers.

• Using contaminated water out of sediment dams for dust suppression and irrigating adjacent vegetated land.

• Sending waste concrete from demolition activities to a concrete recycler instead of landfill.

• Segregating and recycling solid wastes generated by construction activities, offices and eating areas.

• Collecting lubricating oil from the construction vehicle fleet and sending it to a recycler.

The contractor’s plan shall identify the elements of their waste stream during the project and outline plans for recycling and waste minimization.

Objective: To minimize the waste load discharged to the environment.

Suggested Measures:

• Carry out a waste minimization assessment which examines opportunities for waste avoidance reduction, reuse and recycling.

• Reduce wastes by selecting, in order of preference, avoidance, reduction, reuse and recycling.

• Incorporate waste minimization targets and measures into the environmental management plan.