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The future way to recycle stuff
First we would like to explain to you the definitions of Waste
Clean Waste can get recycled
Untreated and unpainted; not contaminated with oils, solvents, sealants or similar materials.
Construction and Demolition Waste
Solid wastes typically including but not limited to, building materials, packaging, trash, debris, and rubble resulting from construction, re-modelling, repair and demolition operations.
Recyclable: The ability of a product or material to be recovered at the end of its life cycle and re-manufactured into a new product for re-use by others
Recycle: To remove a waste material from the Project site to another site for re-manufacture into a new product reused by others.
Recycling:The process of sorting, cleansing, treating and reconstituting solid waste and other discarded materials for the purpose of using the altered form. Recycling does not include burning, incinerating or thermally destroying waste.
Hazardous: Exhibiting the characteristics of hazardous substances including, but not limited to, ignitability, corrosiveness, toxicity or reactivity
Non-hazardous: Exhibiting none of the characteristics of hazardous substances, including but not limited to iginitability, corrosiveness, toxicity or reactivity.
Non-toxic: Neither immediately poisonous to humans nor poisonous after to long period of exposure
Return: To give back reusable items or unused products to vendors for credit.
Reuse: To reuse a construction waste material in some manner on project site
Salvage: To remove a waste material from the project site to another site for resale or reuse by others
Sediment: Soil and other debris that has been eroded and transported by storm or well production run-off water.
Source Separation: The act of keeping different types of waste materials separate beginning from the first time they become waste.
Toxic: Poisonous to humans either immediately or after a long period of exposure.
Trash: Any product or material unable to be reused, returned, recycled or salvaged.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's): Chemical compounds common in and emitted by many building products over time through outgassing: Solvents in paints and other coatings.
When released, VOC's can contribute to the formation of smog and can cause respiratory tract problems, headaches, eye irritations, nausea, damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous system and possibly cancer.
Waste: Extra material or material that has reached the end of its useful life in its intended use. Waste includes salvageable, returnable, recyclable and reusable material.
LEED and CRD Waste
In Saskatchewan there is growing attention being paid to building 'green'. A lot of weight is put into how environmentally friendly new buildings will be, but what about the construction process itself? Canada Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards provide a scale to prove just how green contractors are keeping the process.
The way LEED works is this: contractors are awarded points for meeting certain construction criteria. The more points you earn, the higher the accreditation. Contractors must earn a minimum number of points to have the building certified. They must earn more than the minimum to be certified silver, gold or platinum. Points and criteria are unique to each type of construction (e.g. commercial interiors vs. homes vs. renovations).
If you want to learn more about Leed
Beverage container recycling - in Saskatchewan, and beyond.
Composting - a wealth of information on all types of composting, as well as grasscycling options.
Construction, renovation and demolition (CRD) generates enormous amounts of waste materials with enormous potential for reduction, reuse and recycling.
E-waste (electronics and computer waste) is a growing issue in Canada and elsewhere.
Glass - durable, easy to reuse, more difficult to recycle.
Hazardous Wastes - facts and solutions (see also our Paint section below).
Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI) Waste - issues, sucess stories.
Metals are valuable resources and excellent materials for recycling.
Paint typically makes up at least 50% of household hazardous wastes.
Paper - tips on reuse and recycling, and new technologies.
Plastics - history of plastics, recycling, local approaches and industry trends.
Tires - Twenty million scrap tires are generated annually in Canada.
Zero Waste - The target for the new millenium.