What are LEED Roll-off Dumpsters?

LEED roll-off dumpster

A LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified roll-off dumpster is different from a standard dumpster in that it carries waste materials that can be reused or recycled rather than sent to a landfill. Reusing or recycling construction waste also saves natural resources, cuts production costs, and extends material life cycles.

To acquire this certification, your construction project must be compliant with a kind of solid waste management or recycling plan. It therefore means that a LEED rated roll-off dumpster must be able to give you the required logistical support in waste disposal for your construction site to be deemed environmentally sustainable.

Many contractors already employ informal recycling on their construction sites. However, if done on a large scale, the recyclable material in local markets has a positive economic impact. The only major requirement for your project is that you abide by a construction waste management plan.

Roll-off dumpsters can be used to help achieve LEED certification but understanding the difference between a standard roll-off and one used towards LEED credits is essential to ensuring that your project achieves the appropriate requirements.

Nothing Special
With roll-off dumpsters for LEED credits, it is the content that matters, not the dumpster itself. As long as the dumpster is designed to fit your project needs, any roll-off model can be utilized. However, it is considered a best practice to use a separate dumpster for the materials to be recycled and applied towards your LEED credits.

Permitting Remains the Same
The permitting requirements for using a dumpster are the same as with any other dumpster. Each location has its own permitting regulations for dumpster use but specifications towards LEED credits typically are not required.

LEED Content Requirements
While there are no specific dumpster requirements, there are limitations towards the content of the dumpster. In addition, some LEED-focused waste management companies can have standards and requirements that can also apply. Check out the U.S. Green Building Council for more information concerning requirements.

Facility Requirements
Some locations require the use of a separate recycling facility while others maintain dual-use facilities. Be sure to check with your hauler to ensure that all requirements are met.

Achieving LEED certification for any project, both large and small is a great way to show your commitment towards a sustainable future for all. By using a dedicated roll-off dumpster, you can not only make your project a success but help your community as well.


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