“With statewide access to thousands of Ohio’s businesses, communities and other organizations, Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental & Financial Assistance (DEFA) is well positioned to bring members together in this modern online marketplace,” Director Butler said. “This new service positions Ohio as a leader in the circular economy, helping remove materials from the waste stream, promoting jobs and allowing for better efficiency and savings in the processes of creating goods and services.”
Source: Norwalk Reflector: Ohio Materials Marketplace to find reuse and recycle solutions
Before you demolish… should you deconstruct? Some residential buildings may be good candidates for full deconstruction (rather than demolition). Or before demolishing them, you could salvage materials with architectural value or reuse potential.
Source: Deconstruction Rapid Assessment Tool | Large-Scale Residential Demolition | US EPA
Law firms over the past few years have gone green, focusing on sustainability, according to a report in the New York Law Journal.
The EPA defines green building as the “practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.”
via Law firms making the case for sustainable buildings | Proud Green Building.
“They are not calling it solid waste management, they are calling it materials management,” Gedert said.
Sustainable materials management or SMM is a term that has gained much traction in recent months. It is the new buzzword for sustainability, recycling and energy recovery programs, and along with its close relatives zero waste and the circular economy, it is a term that isn’t going to go away. Even the highest public authority on the subject of solid waste is changing its terminology.
When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual data on solid waste generation and disposal in June 2015 it was no longer called Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures.” The report they released this year, which includes figures for 2013, is titled “Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2013 Fact Sheet.”
via Changing terminology – Renewable Energy From Waste.
11 million tons of asphalt shingles enter U.S. landfills each year, according to the EPA
In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.), more than 11 million tons of asphalt shingles enter U.S. landfills each year. Shingles account for an estimated 3%-5% of landfill space and they are non-degradable, meaning they stay there forever. Asphalt shingles are also 25% oil by weight, so think of how much oil you could save by reusing or recycling your asphalt shingles?
via Tips for recycling and reusing asphalt shingles.
(EPA Report 560K13002) EPA Region 5 report and bid specification development tools for use by cities, counties or land banks undertaking large-scale residential demolitions. Anticipate the environmental issues and concerns so you can factor them into the planning and procurement process. Develop contract language for a bid package that instructs contractors on specific technical requirements to achieve improved environmental results in a demolition project.
via On the Road to Reuse: Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool | Large-Scale Residential Demolition | US EPA.
Conservation groups argue that the ghost ships should instead be recycled at a ship-breaking facility. Concerns about the long-lasting effects of toxic pollutants onboard the ships spurred a lawsuit by those groups to force the Environmental Protection Agency to better catalog and regulate Sinkex. The case, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, is ongoing.
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii—The U.S. Navy is resuming its practice of using old warships for target practice and sinking them in U.S. coastal waters after a nearly two-year moratorium spurred by environmental and cost concerns.
Later this month, three inactive vessels—Kilauea, Niagara Falls and Concord—will be sent to a watery grave off Hawaii by torpedoes, bombs and other ordnance during the Rim of the Pacific naval exercises, or RIMPAC.
The military quietly lifted the moratorium on Sinkex, short for sinking exercise, last year after a review of the requirements, costs, benefits and environmental impacts of the program, the Navy said in a statement to The Associated Press.
It will be the first time since 2010 the Navy has used target practice to dispose of an old ship. Previous targets have ranged from small vessels to aircraft carriers such as the USS America, which was more than three football fields long.
read the entire article via Navy to resume sinking old ships in US waters – San Jose Mercury News.
The December 2011 issue of Qualified Remodeler featured a story about deconstruction (page 18), which prompted a reader to ask whether the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule impacts the reuse of building materials.
The Chicago-based Building Materials Reuse Association also was concerned about how RRP would affect the deconstruction and salvage industry. In January 2010, BMRA submitted a letter to EPA in which it asked EPA to help interpret the scope of the rule. Bob Falk, Ph.D., P.E., research engineer with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wis., and BMRA’s current president, says the letter specifically asked “Does the RRP rule apply to the salvage and reuse of building materials or components that may contain lead-based paint from target housing?”
The letter asked EPA to comment about BMRA’s interpretation of the rule, which is as follows: “While the rule does make reference to ‘waste management’ and addresses the disposition of ‘waste’ and ‘debris,’ we could find no reference to the disposition of salvaged building materials intended for reuse. As the RRP rule does not explicitly address the disposition of nonwaste materials, our interpretation is that the salvage and reuse of building materials that may contain lead-based paint is outside the scope of the RRP rule. We further assume that state regulations will dictate the reuse, resale or disposal of lead-based-paint-coated materials.”
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