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Recycling Certification Goes to Quebec

Posted on April 26, 2017

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to travel to Quebec, Canada as an invited speaker at 3R MCDQ’s Annual Conference.  3R MCDQ represents Quebec’s C&D industry much as CDRA does in the US.  As industry associations go, it should come as no surprise their issues are quite similar to ours.  They are focused on: representing and promoting the industry, transfer of knowledge and information, developing expertise, and promoting networking and the exchange of ideas.

3R MCDQ, in concert with Recyc Quebec (a pseudo-government council reporting to Quebec’s Minister of the Environment) have turned their attention to C&D facilities over concerns the facilities may be misreporting their recycling rates.  They also desire to better understand the performance and contributions of the industry through accurate data.  Sound familiar?

Over the past year or so, 3R MCDQ and Recyc Quebec have been evaluating the potential implementation of Third-Party Certification for C&D facilities as a means of addressing the above and other related concerns.  RCI was interviewed as part of this evaluation and the firm that coordinated the study on certifying organizations presented their findings at the conference, with RCI receiving consideration.

My presentation provided an overview of the CORR Protocol and how RCI conducts Facility Certifications.  It was a great opportunity to speak with their members as well as Recyc Quebec who likely will be responsible for recommending the Certifying Organization when they are ready to move forward.

Despite a winter storm that wreaked havoc on Montreal’s roadways for several days, our neighbors to the north greeted me with warm hospitality and I enjoyed meeting with them as well as the opportunity to share and learn.

Best regards,

Stephen M Bantillo

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Photo credit:  Melissa Gariepy  photographiem.com

Previously printed in CDRA Member e-Newsletter

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: MARCH 26, 2015 — OHIO RECYCLING FACILITY CERTIFICATION TRAINING

Posted on March 18, 2015

Hosted by the Construction and Demolition Association of Ohio (CDAO) and the Recycling Certification Institute (RCI), this one-day training is for recyclers and for potential evaluators in the RCI program.  CDAO and RCI, in conjunction with the Ohio EPA, have developed a training program with criteria specifically for use in Ohio related to the disposal of C&DD residuals in C&DD landfills.

If you are a potential evaluator for RCI, you must have five years of experience with Ohio C&DD laws and operations. This person must also receive training on RCI systems and programs prior to becoming an approved evaluator.  The required training will be available in person March 26th.  The evaluator will be responsible for auditing a facility and its books for records and accuracy, as well as signing the evaluators report.  Please RSVP if you want to receive the evaluator training.  Evaluators will receive the course information for review before the day of the training.

The morning session will outline two programs that will use the RCI system in Ohio.  The first of which is for the disposal of residuals from C&DD recycling facilities at C&DD disposal facilities and the other is for the beneficial use of fines from a C&DD recycling facility.  While not everyone will need to be involved in the afternoon session, we encourage all facilities to come learn about the program in the morning.

Please click here CDA-RCI-OEPA Training Flyer 2015 for the location, agenda, and Registration Form for this training.  Whether you plan to attend all day or only the morning, Pre-Registration is required for potential RCI Evaluators and highly encouraged for all others (box lunches will be provided).  Potential Evaluators are also asked to register on the RCI website: https://www.recyclingcertification.org/evaluation-bodies/

Thank you to CEC for their generosity in providing meeting space for us to use in Columbus!  We hope all can come and learn about the program, which we believe will greatly benefit the industry and regulators.

This program is funded through a Special Assistance Grant from the Ohio EPA and by the CDAO.

RCI’s Executive Director has the “Last Word” — The importance of third-party certification in C&D recycling

Posted on February 21, 2014

RCI Executive Director Stephen M Bantillo has the “Last Word”.  In an article featured in the January/February 2014 Digital Edition of Recycling Product News, Bantillo explains the importance of third-party certification of C&D facilities.  Good things happen when industry, government, and USGBC come together.  Read it at Recycling Product News or download it here (posted with permission of Recycling Product News).

LEED v4: CHANGES ARE COMING TO CONSTRUCTION & DEMOLITION RECYCLING

Posted on December 3, 2013

After extensive review and discussion, USGBC members have approved major changes in LEED v4, which includes a focus on performance in the Materials & Resources category.  Are you ready?  

Key Changes in LEED v4….

Alternative Daily Cover:

Projects will still receive 1 and 2 points for 50% and 75% diversion from landfill; however, Alternative Daily Cover has been specifically excluded from diversion from landfill calculations.

Pilot 3rd Point:

An additional point from the LEED Pilot Credit Library may be awarded to projects using a C&D recycling facility whose recycling rates have been verified by an authorized third-party.  This pilot point is currently in-progress with USGBC.  If approved, the Pilot Credit is anticipated to be available with the next published Pilot Credit Addenda.

Why is Third-Party Certification Important?

With LEED v4’s emphasis on performance it is important that recycling rates claimed by C&D recycling facilities are accurate and verified.  In addition to the Pilot 3rd Point under LEED v4, government agencies across the nation are implementing C&D recycling programs and many require accurate reporting of recycling rates.

RCI’s CORR program provides credible, ISO-level third-party certification of C&D facilities’ recycling rates and we look forward to USGBC’s implementation of the Pilot 3rd Point.

RCI Adds New Certified Facilities

Posted on October 3, 2013

If you have been following our progress, you’ve probably noticed the ongoing updates on our web page and, most notably, the recent changes to our Facilities page for Registered and Certified Facilities.  We are excited to announce that Broad Run Recycling in Manassas, VA and Zanker Road Resource Management in San Jose, CA have been added to the Certified Facilities page.

For Broad Run Recycling, RCI performed a Re-certification of their mixed C&D operation.  For Zanker Road Resource Management, RCI performed Certifications of their four individual lines–Wood and Yard Waste, Concrete, Sheetrock, and Shingle Recycling.  You can visit our Certified Facilities page and see how these facilities perform.

Congratulations to Broad Run Recycling and Zanker Road Resource Management!

Preckwinkle announces online software ‘Green Halo’ simplifies recycling projects

Posted on July 15, 2013

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today that an online software system called Green Halo has helped contractors recycle thousands of tons of construction debris and stay in compliance with the County’s new Demolition Debris Diversion ordinance, announced President Preckwinkle’s Cook County office.

The ecofriendly ordinance passed in February requires that at least 70 percent of C&D (Construction and Demolition) debris must be recycled, and an additional 5 percent of it must be reused on residential structures. To help make sure this Ordinance is implemented smoothly and to make the process easier for both parties, Cook County will be using Green Halo’s online Waste Tracking System to monitor and track C&D Projects and make sure that Recycling Requirements are met.

The County has made the Green Halo system available to contractors for free to simplify the way they track waste and recycling from demolition and construction projects. It also helps ensure recycling requirements are met.

Since November, the software has tracked more than 25.7 thousand tons of demolition waste that has been recycled or reused. It also locates the nearest recycling facilities, uploads recycling drop-off tickets and submits reports directly to the County. Contract administrator Tracy Alvord of Brandenburg Industrial Service Company said Green Halo system is “easy to follow” and can find nearby recycling facilities that accept hard-to-recycle materials such as carpeting.

“I’m proud Cook County is the first local government in the Midwest to use this business-friendly reporting system,” President Preckwinkle said. “We are saving time and money for contractors by switching to an electronic reporting system that’s easy and efficient.” Since November, approximately 62 contractors have used Green Halo to enter a waste diversion plan, which takes an average of only five to ten minutes to input. “Green Halo has eliminated hundreds of pounds of paper previously used by contractors and the County, saving money, trees, energy and time,” said Deborah Stone, director of the Cook County Department of Environmental Control. “And the easy access to reports means we are accountable for making sure there are real environmental benefits from our programs.”

Cook County is also the first local government in the Midwest to require the reuse of material as part of its ordinance. As a result of the ordinance, contractors have been able to glean high value lumber for reuse as structural beams in new houses, along with brick, doors and windows, kitchen and bathroom fixtures.

The groundbreaking demolition ordinance enacted last November is part of President Preckwinkle’s Sustainability Initiative, with the goals of reducing energy consumption, decreasing pollution, and creating livable and sustainable communities.

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Chicago’s Cook County enacts the Midwest’s first ordinance to cut down C&D Waste

Posted on July 14, 2013

Cook County last month took a big step toward the ambitious zero-waste goal it outlined earlier this year. Leapfrogging Chicago’s standards, Cook County enacted the Midwest’s first demolition debris ordinance that requires reuse. At least 70 percent of construction and demolition debris must be recycled, and an additional 5 percent must be reused on residential structures. This law, which took effect November 21, affects some 2.5 million residents across 30 townships in suburban Cook County. While the City of Chicago mandates that 50 percent of debris be recycled—a 2007 ordinance, which, government officials note, contractors now easily exceed—building debris makes up a staggering 40 percent of landfill material nationwide.

“We’re looking not just at trying to keep materials out of the landfill, but at the fact that a lot of the stuff that goes into a landfill can be valuable,” said Deborah Stone, director at Cook County Department of Environmental Control. She cited the reuse of lumber and finished components as two vital emerging markets in the construction industry.

Many large, sophisticated demolition contractors have already moved toward reuse.

Reaching these smaller contractors, said Bryant Williams, Cook County’s manager of engineering services noted, demands a hands-on effort. Education will be an important part of the ordinance’s success. Outreach includes visiting contractors and working with project managers, and discussing available recycling facilities. An online waste tracking system also helps contractors find the facilities that best meet their needs.

“Even for people who really believe in recycling,” Elise Zelechowski, a managing director at environmental nonprofit Delta Institute said, “it’s hard to change habits.”

In emergencies, two waivers on the ordinance allow contractors to bypass the recycling and reuse requirements.

Additionally, small structures such as sheds are exempt from the law.

Notably, the ordinance applies to Cook County’s own construction and demolition projects. “We’ll have to put our money where our mouth is,” Stone said. The county ran pilot programs in 2011 to train contractors, who deconstructed six suburban houses. “We were able to reuse between 4 and 18 percent of the material,” Stone said. “We were able to recycle or reuse all but about 4 percent.”

But not every contractor believes the new regulations will be a boon to business. During hearings, representatives of the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates (ASA Chicago) cited labor and permitting costs as obstacles. “We worked with the association before the hearing,” Stone said in response, adding that that cooperative spirit resulted in the adjustment downward of country fees. “We continue to work with their members as well.”

“Ultimately, I’d like to think that we wouldn’t need an ordinance—but I think we do, to kick it off,” Stone said. “Because it’s a permit requirement, every contractor on every structure and every owner that’s demolishing a building in suburban Cook County is going to learn about [recycling and reuse’s] potential—and I think that’s very powerful.

New website readying for launch…

Posted on July 12, 2013

Hello everyone.  You may have noticed our new name: Recycling Certification Institute.  We appreciate your patience as we’ve been making changes.  We’ve been busy updating pages and systems and are anxiously awaiting the launch of our new website.  We look forward to bringing you a new look, content, and functionality, so please check back soon.

Regards,

The Executive Director

Stay Tuned

Posted on June 12, 2013

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