Waste Management's DART tool will help developers track environmental
performance, earn LEED® certification
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HOUSTON, TX, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Waste Management has formally
launched a Diversion and Recycling Tracking tool (DART) to help project planners, contractors, architects and building
owners measure their green performance during a construction,
renovation, and demolition project. The service, which is available
across the US and Canada, operates online and is accessible 24-hours a
day to monitor C&D recycling, tabulate total diversion rates and
provide documentation to support LEED® certification.
Today there is an increasing demand for sustainable construction, such
as higher reuse and recycling rates. At every construction site,
builders have an opportunity to divert a variety of C&D traditional
items from the landfill, such as wood, rock, metal, cardboard and
plastic. In addition, there may be nontraditional items that can be put
to reuse, like shingles, concrete, fiberboard and paneling.
With so many substances to manage, calculating total diversion has
traditionally been a time-consuming process, involving extensive labor,
math and excel sheets. DART technology was created by Waste Management
Measure recycling and diversion easily
Set clear benchmarks for companies to exceed on future projects,
contributing to sustainable operations long-term
Allow builders to promote their environmental performance
While DART has been on a soft launch since midyear, it has already had
some successes. SpawMaxwell, a Balfour Beatty company with interior
construction services across Texas, became the first adopter of the DART tool, using it to track their performance throughout construction of the
Choice Energy building in Houston, TX. Through sound logistical
planning and tracking, the project reached a diversion rate of more
than 90 percent.
"Success is only meaningful if it can be measured," said Jim Halter, vice president of construction solutions for Waste Management. "With
the DART tool, contractors and architects can really zero in on what
they are diverting and where there is opportunity to improve. We are
not just tracking performance for the present, but also setting
benchmarks to be surpassed in the future."
Some other features of the DART tool, include:
Personalized "green facts" that illustrate environmental performance
Results 24/7 from every project level - individual, company and
Metropolitan Statistical Area
Graphs and charts displaying diversion and recycling rates
For more information about the DART tool, visit www.wm.com/DART.
ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT
Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider
of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through
its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling
and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading
developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill
gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company's customers
include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers
throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste
Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.
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SOURCE Waste Management, Inc.
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