“The show supports artists, many of whom generate a substantial amount of their income at this event,” Badiali said. “In essence, the Crackedpots Reuse Art Show has inspired and supported job creation for almost 20 years.” Badiali serves on the Building Deconstruction Advisory Group, for the city of Portland. The advisory group assists the city in how to salvage items from buildings rather than demolish the old structures and toss out the rubble. Badiali is a reuse artist herself, so the event caught her eye and she decided to help organize the event this year.
The primary way this occurred, according to attorney David Anton, involved misclassifying demolition and construction waste. Under state law, ground up raw construction material that is labeled as “fines” can legally be used to cover up the top of a landfill – in order to prevent pests, fires, and odors, for example. When construction waste is ground up and used this way, it counts as “alternative daily cover” – like a layer of frosting on a giant cake of garbage – and strangely enough, the state allows waste disposal companies to count that frosting as “diverted waste” even though it’s actually part of the landfill.
The lawsuit claimed that Recology tried to count a great many tons of its construction and demolition waste as “fines” when in reality it should have been labeled just plain garbage, because the tons of stuff that they were shipping to the Solano County landfill wasn’t being processed to a fine enough grade to comply with state requirements for what constitutes “fines.”
For construction-related waste, Waterfront Toronto requires that all construction and demolition projects divert a minimum of 50% of waste, with a target of 75%, according to the sustainability report. This requirement is included in the Environmental Management Plan and is a credit achieved as part of its LEED for Neighbourhood Development Gold certification.
“With landfill space at a premium, waste management is a critical issue for the City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto has addressed this in several ways,”
Construction & Demolition Waste Panel
LEEDv4, Diversion Best Practices, and Deconstruction, Oh My!
The St. Louis Region and the Midwest are blessed with open space and low tipping fees, which means that it is easy to overlook where our generated residential and commercial waste ends up. Despite this, many contractors and owners are looking for ways to divert materials from our landfills – through reuse, recycling and smart planning. With support from St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management, USGBC-Missouri Gateway recently conducted two small research projects to learn more about the C&D credits in the next version of the LEED Green Building Rating System (LEEDv4) and to study some of the more difficult to C&D materials to reuse and recycle.
Join us for a free educational panel on Construction & Demolition Materials hosted by USGBC-Missouri Gateway and the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis on the State of Construction & Demolition Recycling in St. Louis. The panel will include a discussion of the recent USGBC-Missouri Gateway research projects as well as two local case studies – one on opportunities for C&D diversion on a Washington University project and the second on Deconstruction as an alternative to demolition.
This is a resource filled article on how to participate in home renovation waste diversion.
If you’ve ever watched one of the many home renovation shows on television, then you’re familiar with one of the most exciting aspects of those programs – the moment when the sledge hammers come out to demolish the area to be renovated. There’s clearly something very therapeutic about this process as it is the first physical step in a significant house project.
Sometimes the cameras even show the destroyed pieces being tossed into a large dumpster outside the home. What they never show, however, is what happens to that construction waste from there.
Don’t miss it via How to Recycle and Upcycle Waste from Home Renovation Projects.