[Bldg-rate] Waste to energy plants

Eric O'Neill elo at MichaelsEngineering.com
Thu Oct 9 09:25:30 PDT 2008

Hello everyone,


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? 

Eric O'Neill 
Mechanical Engineer 
Energy Division - Michaels Engineering 

811 Monitor St. Ste 100 
La Crosse, WI 54603 
v: 608-785-1900 x521 
f: 608-784-2270 
elo at michaelsengineering.com 
http://www.michaelsengineering.com <http://www.michaelsengineering.com>

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