Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Manhattan Beach raises C&D diversion rates to 65%

Effective January 1, 2011, all residential demolition projects (and new builds valued at over $100k) in Manhattan Beach must divert a minimum of 65% of "waste" from landfill through reuse and/or recycling.  By making mandatory what 2010 California Green Building Standards Code ("Calgreen") considers a Tier 1 voluntary measure, Manhattan Beach reinforces its reputation as a leader in municipal environmental policy. 

DRN certainly appreciates this progressive action taken by Manhattan Beach, which will translate into literally thousands of tons of material saved from unnecessary landfill disposal.  We also took notice of their effort to differentiate between direct reuse and recycling on the updated Waste Management Plan, an important step if the environmental, economic, and social benefits of the former are to be fully recognized.

A deconstruction solution can help your project achieve (and likely surpass) the mandatory 65% diversion rate and our detailed documentation will satisfy Waste Management Plan requirements.  For more info, check out our website or just give us a call at: 888-545-8333.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Clever ReUse: ReMakes Placemats

Posted by Lyndsy Czapla:

Do you ever wonder what happens to billboards once they are taken down? I was quite curious to see if any companies were doing anything with them after seeing different billboards along the freeway constantly being torn down and replaced with new ones. It is frustrating knowing that many are probably just discarded into our landfills and not being used ever again. However, I did a little searching on the Internet and I came across the company, ReMakes, that is ReUsing billboards and turning them into cool placemats. According to their website, ReMakes™ eco-friendly placemats are made from reclaimed billboards and movie posters. Each one-of-a-kind set of four placemats is randomly cut and selected from the same poster. Who wouldn’t love to have some clever and unique placemats to spice up their table? Since placemats are the easiest way to change your table up and don’t cost much at all, I say check these out! They also have a neat video about their story:

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