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leed-usgbcEvery LEED project starts with a waste management plan and must be measured on its own merit, not just on a specific load of recyclables and/or trash. A project may have multiple contractors who each perform different functions, but each contractor must account for the waste their project generates, and must provide proper disposal receipts. The receipts go to the owner or responsible party to track all the waste and recyclables generated for the project.

Debris box companies bear the most responsibility of any waste-processing company for tracking and record-keeping for the projects, although they normally do not receive all the waste materials.

Contractors who have different commodities have different recycling rates for those commodities. For example, an electrician who sells copper scraps may have a clean commodity that is 100% recyclable, whereas an insulation contractor’s materials may have a 0% recycling rate. Mixed Waste containers usually have a reduced diversion rate since some materials are not recoverable. LEED rarely approves giving all containers a blanket diversion rate, since a mixed debris load may contain a mix of both recyclable items, like copper scraps, and non-recyclable items, like insulation. One of the primary goals of LEED is to encourage projects to source- separate (SS) as much as possible. SS allows the project to have a higher diversion rate because the materials are cleaner and more marketable.