16-0726 v2.1/Remediation of Landfill Diversion Shortcoming

QUESTION

As construction draws to a close, our project has fallen just short of the requirement that 80% of waste in the “all other” category be diverted from landfill or incinerator.  Slightly more than 79% of the waste in this category has been effectively diverted. 

Looking over the history of hauling on this project, there was human error that resulted in part of this shortfall.  Two containers of mixed waste were sent to a transfer station then on to a landfill, not routed to a recycling facility, in accordance with the waste management plan.  Delays in reporting from the waste hauler meant that the team could not react and redirect the actual material that was hauled from the site. Once identified, the issue was addressed and further mistakes have been avoided. The construction manager and the waste hauler were held to a stricter process for confirming the final destination for material that was to be hauled from the site.

We do not have the opportunity to reclaim the material that was mistakenly landfilled.  In order to achieve 80% diversion, an additional 6.5 tons of material would need to be added to the waste stream of this project and diverted 100%.  That much additional waste will not be generated, so we propose to divert at least 6.5 tons of material from another regional project which has no LBC-compliant waste diversion plan in place.  Our proposal is to provide clean wood dumpsters for another project in the region.  Typically, this would be processed at a sorting facility and turned into fuel, combusted for its energy content.  We will instead haul this to a facility that processes wood for inclusion in OSB and plywood products, ensuring that the carbon contained in this wood is not released into the atmosphere.

Through this process, we will educate non-LBC project teams about the difference between state-mandated landfill diversion and the level of beneficial reuse of raw materials that is possible, even in a rural region. In this way, the higher standards of LBC waste management will be explored with a broader group of contractors in the region. 

ANSWER

The intent of this Imperative has been met through remediation efforts addressing this specific circumstance. The team identified the waste diversion error that accounts for the missed goal, took steps to prevent it from occurring again, and will divert sufficient waste from a separate project that otherwise would have been landfilled or incinerated.

Documentation: 
This ruling and additional I14-3 Diversion Documents (e.g. receipts & recycling information) that demonstrate that sufficient waste from the other regional project was diverted from the local landfill. 


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