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  • Construction Recycling Initiative

    Position Paper

    JUNE 1, 2010

    GYPSUM Recycling in the National Capital Region

  • Published by the Construction Recycling Initiative (CRI) - National Capital Region www.constructionrecycling.ca

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    CRI - Construction Recycling Initiative GYPSUM Recycling in the National Capital Region

    Canada leads the world in a number of fronts, and is widely recognized as an environmentally aware

    nation. Despite this awareness, we have an extremely poor performance globally when it comes to actual

    environmental leadership. We currently rank 15th out of 17 peer countries when it comes to

    environmental performance, and rank in last place when it comes to municipal waste generation.

    We currently recycle only 1% of gypsum waste in the National Capital District, one of the lowest rates for

    Canadian cities- when the facilities are available to us today.

    This position paper presents the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the Construction Recycling

    Initiative (CRI) task group: A volunteer group formed specifically to examine the state of gypsum recycling

    in the National Capital Region, and to help turn this deplorable situation around. And in so doing improve

    our record on municipal waste, and our environmental impact.

    Prepared by:

    Rene Gratton, LEED A.P., RG Integration; Carp, Ontario; T.: (613) 795-4632, &

    Guy Beaudoin, LEED A.P., Ed Brunet & Associs; Gatineau, Qubec; (819) 777-3877

    With the assistance of:

    Chris Lance, CASC, Ottawa Chapter Construction Specifications Canada

    Deirdre Ellis Architect, LEED A.P., CSV Architects, Ottawa Regional Society of Architects

    Mark Gray, Architect; LEED A.P., Director Ottawa Region Chapter Canada Green Building Council

    Serge Desjardins, Minto Communities Inc

    Bob Kenney, Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment

    Mark Lucuik, P. Eng., LEED A.P., Morrison Hershfield Ltd

    Anne Robinson, City of Ottawa

    Isabelle Bradbury, Architecte, LEED A.P.

    Ann Callaghan, ARIDO, LEED A.P., CLWG, Association of Registered Interior Designers of ORC

    Lori Gadzala, LEED A.P.

    Mike Beaudoin

    Sean Kerwin

    Greg Sabourin

    David M Lynch (Document editor)

    Distribution of this report is not limited to the above-mentioned group, and may be shared for information and

    education purpose only. This report is a gathering of important information resulting from countless hours of

    volunteer research and the intellectual property of the author and contributors. The report may not be used for

    commercial purpose without the written authorization of the task group.

    A French translation of this document will be made available as soon as possible

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    Contents GYPSUM Recycling in the National Capital Region ....................................................................................... 5

    Foreword: The creation of a task group to tackle drywall waste ............................................................ 5

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................. 7

    THE ISSUE ...................................................................................................................................................... 9

    Quantities of drywall waste in the National Capital Area and Canada ..................................................... 9

    Drywall composites and waste products ................................................................................................ 10

    Gypsum ............................................................................................................................................... 10

    List of Mining and Mineral Processing Operations in Canada - Gypsum ............................................ 12

    Drywall ................................................................................................................................................ 13

    Current drywall waste disposal methods ............................................................................................... 13

    THE IMPACTS .............................................................................................................................................. 14

    Drywall in Landfills .................................................................................................................................. 15

    The limitations of Gypsum waste as a soil amendment ......................................................................... 16

    OUR PROPOSAL ........................................................................................................................................... 18

    1 - REDUCE .............................................................................................................................................. 18

    Educate stakeholders on impact of material selection....................................................................... 18

    Minimization of Material Use-Avoiding Gypsum Board: .................................................................... 19

    Minimization of Material Use Efficient Layout: ............................................................................... 19

    Material Selection and Life Cycle Analysis: ......................................................................................... 19

    2 - REUSE ................................................................................................................................................. 20

    3 - RECYCLE ............................................................................................................................................. 21

    Encourage the Economic Environment for Drywall Recycling: ........................................................... 21

    Current recycling usage in the National Capital region ...................................................................... 21

    Cities and Municipalitys Roles in IC&I Waste Management .............................................................. 21

    Restrictions on local acceptance of drywall into landfill .................................................................... 22

    How does the National Capital Regions Drywall Recycling performance compare to other cities? . 24

    Recommendations to the City of Ottawa ............................................................................................... 25

    Basic Recycling Steps: ......................................................................................................................... 26

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    Encourage the creation transfer stations at all local landfill sites and elsewhere ............................. 28

    Educate the industry on the issues and cost of recycling drywall ...................................................... 29

    Clarify the LEED Rating System and Submittals .................................................................................. 30

    Construction Waste Management Divert 50% to 75% from Landfill ............................................... 30

    Resource Reuse ................................................................................................................................... 30

    Recycled Content Credit in Materials and Resources ......................................................................... 31

    Investigate and challenge Greenwashing ........................................................................................ 31

    Review specifications and/or standard construction waste management plan ................................ 32

    Update / Amend CCA 81, 2001 ........................................................................................................... 33

    Enforce LEED Project documentation ................................................................................................. 34

    Additional recommendations: ................................................................................................................ 35

    Other Considerations .............................................................................................................................. 36

    APPENDIX A: TASK GROUP DETAILS ........................................................................................................... 38

    CRI task group Next Steps: ...................................................................................................................... 39

    APPENDIX B: LIST OF CRI TASK GROUP SPONSORS .................................................................................... 40

    APPENDIX C: SAMPLE OF RESOURCES USED IN CREATING THIS WHITE PAPER ......................................... 41

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