Construction Waste Management

CLU and HMH Construction, Inc. developed a waste management plan to recycle or divert at least 50% of the construction and demolition debris from disposal using local facilities and waste management firms. Ventura County has the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center, which is a regional recycling facility run by Waste Management Inc. located in Simi Valley. This facility accepted all the comingled waste from the Swenson Center construction, and separated the recyclable materials from those that had to be landfilled. The use of regional commercial recycling facilities typically produces waste diversion rates of 80% or better. Concrete waste materials and concrete demolition debris was sent to Curtis Sand and Gravel for recycling into aggregate base.

This construction waste strategy resulted in 97% of the construction waste being diverted to recycle from the landfill.

10% Recycled Content (use materials with post-consumer + ½ pre-consumer recycled content):

The requirement was to use materials with recycled content such that the sum of the post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 10% (based on cost) of the total value of materials in the project. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing components and specialty items such as elevators are not included in the calculation.

Post-consumer material is defined as waste material generated by households or by commercial, industrial and institutional facilities as end-users of the product.

Pre-consumer material is defined as material diverted from the waste stream during the manufacturing process.

The Swenson Center achieved a combined recycled content for the construction materials of 18.4%!

Regional Materials – 20% Extracted, Processed and Manufactured Regionally: The requirement was to use building materials and products that are extracted or manufactured within 500 miles of the project site for a minimum of 10% of the total materials value of the building. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing components and specialty items such as elevators are not included in the calculation.

22.8% of the building materials and products used for the Swenson Center were extracted or manufactured within 500 miles of the project!

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