Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.29
Liaison Bonnie Dong
Submission Date Oct. 30, 2014
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MacEwan University
OP-24: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.19 / 1.00 Craig Janke
Coordinator, Maintenance
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered:
59.73 Tonnes

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated :
254.13 Tonnes
+ Date Revised: March 9, 2015

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate for construction and demolition waste:

Close to 100% of MacEwan University's construction and demolition waste in 2012-13 was handled and tracked by our preferred contractor Chandos. We include below four sections:

The projects at MacEwan University between 2012 and 2013 had an overall diversion rate of 23.50%. Three factors expressed in the Waste Management Protocol occurred during these projects.
1) Site size: The available site size was too small for constantly having more than one bin on-site. Periodically, a metal bin was used. This was the biggest issue for not diverting materials on-site.

2)Project type: All the projects Chandos was involved with at MacEwan University included tenant improvement demolition. This greatly increases the non-divertable waste coming off-site.

3) Type of recyclable materials: There was no concrete, masonry, or asphalt available to recycle for any of the projects. Because we track materials by weight, not having these items will make reaching the target diversion numbers more difficult.

A combination of all these factors contributed to the 23.50% diversion rate. In the coming year the only factor which can be resolved is site size. This will be done by using the new recycling sorting facility owned by CWD. It will require only one bin on-site and sorting will take place off-site.

Before a project starts, the superintendent and project manager will be sent the Waste Contract and Waste Start-Up Form. This is meant for the project team to start thinking about the waste the site will produce. It also informs the LEED Assistant the chosen hauler. Every month the LEED Assistant will receive either a waste report or waste tickets from the hauler. This information will be inputted into a spreadsheet and sent to the project team and if requested, the owner. If the diversion numbers are lower than expected the superintendent will be asked about it. There are many factors which prevent a site from diverting material:
1) Project type - Tenant improvement demolition projects will create more waste than a new construction. This is due to old contaminated materials such as: painted drywall, wood, flooring and masonry with glues.
2) Type of recyclable materials - Since we track by weight, projects without available concrete, masonry, or asphalt to recycle will be at a disadvantage
3) Site size (no longer an issue) - If the site is not big enough for on-site sorting, the superintendents have very few options; this has since changed as of February, 2014. Both CWD and Klondike have sorting facilities which allow everything (waste and recycling) to go into one bin.

Projects with uncontrollably low diversion rates will still be tracked and their totals will be part of the company average. During these cases we will continually work with the superintendents to find ways to divert materials. In 2014, source reduction was added to the Chandos waste reduction strategies. This will allow projects to increase their diversion rates as well as divert materials from the waste stream in ways not reflected by hauling companies.

Recycling is mandatory on all sites and it is expected that all projects have at least a 50% diversion rate. Factors which can alter this target include, but are not limited to:
1. Access to recycling facilities - An out-of-town project will still be monitored, but the 50% will not be expected.
2. Project type – Demolition projects will create more waste than a new construction.
If your project has these factors, please make that clear on your Waste Start-Up form.

Expectations from Superintendent
1. Fill-out the Waste Start-Up sheet. This will be emailed too you at the beginning of the project.
2. At a minimum, the following types of waste are to be diverted from landfill – wood, concrete, metals, asphalt, brick, plastic, cardboard and paper. Diversion of dirt will not count towards your diversion rate.
3. All trades working on Chandos sites will be required to handle their waste as specified during their orientation.

1. The Chandos superintendent will engage a waste hauling company that is willing to recycle. If the superintendent is new to Chandos they are encouraged to first contact the LEED Assistant for a list of haulers familiar with our policies.
2. The LEED Assistant will be in charge of getting the waste tickets/reports from the haulers every month.
3. LEED Assistant will maintain a project specific log indicating diversion rates from landfill (attached) and send it out monthly to the project team and if requested, the owner.

Other Source Reduction Methods
With the exception of LEED projects, all the methods listed below can count towards your diversion rate!
1. Bottle recycling
2. Site composting
3. Sell or donate unused materials
4. Divert materials on site

Source reduction are activities that reduce the volume of waste that is generated or that comes onto your site. Possible source reduction strategies for site include, but are not limited to:
1. Site composting
2. Bottle recycling
3. Ban disposable coffee cups
4. Sell or donate unused materials
5. Divert materials on site
6. Order materials with minimal or returnable packaging.
7. Coordinate with suppliers to take back or buy back unused wood pallets or crates.
8. Purchase only what is needed.
9. Keep materials like drywall scraps in a dry location until every room is done.
10. Use an Eco-Station for all hazardous waste.

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