So the building's finished, you're putting together all of the documentation, and you notice that somebody forgot to include an area for storing and collecting recyclables! A classic "oh s#&*" moment... This is a pretty serious problem, as since this space is part of a prerequisite, all of your hopes for LEED certification are shot, right?
Mixed waste recycling to the rescue!!!
Lucky for you, there are companies out there that will take everything in a waste bin, from food to paper to aluminum and glass. They then separate it off-site, and recycle everything they can. More importantly, a CIR dated 12/15/06 has indicated that this practice is acceptable. The ultimate result is that you can achieve this credit without incorporating a storage and collection facility on-site. Though it doesn't expressly say so in the CIR, I would imagine you should provide some sort of documentation that this service is being used.There's good reason for this acceptance, as the system is fool proof... No need to separate bins, have someone come pick up the recyclables, etc. You just throw everything away and the magic machines take care of the rest. Not to say there aren't any problems with the system, but basic concept is sound. Of course, you could always just build a shed outside, but where's the fun in that.