[Bldg-rate] Waste to energy plants
elo at MichaelsEngineering.com
Thu Oct 9 09:25:30 PDT 2008
I'm working on a LEED NC project, and had a question about MR credit 2.
It is also pertinent to LEED EB - O&M MR credit 7 and LEED CI - MR
credit 2. The intent is to reduce the amount of waste that is diverted
to landfills and incinerators. However, in this particular city the
paper and plastic products are "recycled" by burning them to generate
electricity (this is where the garbage goes too...).
Although it's going to an incinerator, it is technically being reused.
However, underlying part of the intent is to minimize the need for
virgin materials as well as minimize pollutants in the air. Obviously,
waste to energy doesn't do this. The trouble is, actually recycling
materials requires shipping it nearly 100 miles (although I'm still
looking) to the nearest facility which does it the way LEED indicates.
Has anyone had experience with this?
Energy Division - Michaels Engineering
811 Monitor St. Ste 100
La Crosse, WI 54603
v: 608-785-1900 x521
elo at michaelsengineering.com
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