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Construction Firm Keeps 60,000 Tons from Landfills

Building firm Reno Contracting has diverted 72 percent of its construction debris from landfills since the beginning of 2009, the company has reported.

The construction firm said that in that period it recycled more than 60,000 tons of waste, enough to pile 100-foot-thick layers of trash onto three football fields.

The recycled material includes metals, cardboard, concrete, asphalt, wood and landscaping debris, Reno said.

The company said that more than half the projects accounting for the 60,000 tons of recycled waste have met or will meet “the more stringent requirements” of LEED certification.

The LEED v3 rating system for new commercial construction gives buildings one point if 50 percent of construction waste is recycled or salvaged, and two points if 75 percent or more is recycled or salvaged. Buildings under the rating system can earn up to 110 total points across all sustainability areas.

Reno last year launched its Efficient Sustainable Practices (ESP) business group, which aims to help commercial building owners to enhance the environmental efficiencies of their new and existing buildings while driving down operating costs.

The company also says it has received LEED certification for its jobsite trailer.

LEED came under fire late last year when standard-setter the U.S. Green Building Council became the subject of a class-action lawsuit, which claimed that LEED buildings are actually less energy-efficient than non-LEED certified buildings.

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