buildings and its occupants use large amounts of materials
and resources, and generate tons of waste through its daily
operations and while undergoing construction. The Materials
& Resources category encourages the selection of materials
that is environmentally friendly. This typically includes
products that have been sustainably grown, harvested, produced
and transported. Increased use of sustainable materials promotes
the practices of reuse and recycling, which will reduce the
amount of waste going into a building's waste stream.
considerable effort and outreach to tenants, 425 Market
St. has achieved a 73% waste diversion rate. The building's
waste reduction services contractor, Biagini Waste Reduction Services, performed numerous
waste audits to determine the contents of the building's
waste stream. The audit results showed that many recyclable and compostable
items were being included in the waste stream. In response,
Cushman & Wakefield, met with each tenant individually to re-educate the difference between recyclables, compostables and trash and promoted better sorting practices. Additionally, Cushman and Wakefield met with janitorial staff to re-educate and ensure recyclables, compostables, and trash are placed in corresponding receptacles (i.e., recycling compactor, trash container, etc.) prior to leaving the building.
Market St. utilizes various vendors to recycle electronic
waste for the building. The building has installed a drop
box in the loading dock for small e-waste items such as
cell phones, PDA's, electronic cords and other miscellaneous
electronics. For larger e-waste items the building holds
e-waste recycling days each quarter. This encourages tenants
to recycle all electronic waste when possible so that it
can be diverted from the landfill.
Market St. has a separate collection area in the loading
dock where tenants can drop off dead batteries for recycling.
The building encourages the proper method of battery disposal.
The California Department of Transportation states that
each individual battery must be either placed in its own
plastic bag or have both terminals taped, even during transportation.
The batteries collected at the loading dock are picked up by a battery recycler, Bay Area Battery, for proper handling and recycling.
Market St. recycles used ballasts, fluorescent lamps and
other mercury containing lamps with Regency Lighting. The
quantity is recorded and reported to the state at the required
times. 425 Market St. complies with all State and Local
hazardous waste disposal regulations.
Market St. always look for ways to reduce the amount of
hazardous materials that are used in the building. The building
staff examined the level of mercury contained in each light
bulb of the 22,000 presently used in the building.
By exploring options with our vendors, the building staff
was able to find alternate lamps with less mercury content.
By using light bulbs with less mercury content, the building
reduces the amount of hazardous materials to be disposed.
Market St. has implemented a desk side recycling program.
Tenants separate recyclable materials from trash prior to
disposal. All these materials - including plastics, cardboard,
paper, bottle and cans - are collected and diverted from
Market St. has implemented a composting program. Paper hand
towels from the building restrooms, food scraps, and compostable
items are diverted to green receptacles on the loading dock
that are removed daily.
Market St. collects its partial toilet paper rolls from
the restrooms and donates them to local charities in the
San Francisco Bay Area. Delancey Street Foundation and Walden House/HealthRight 360 each pick up two (2) 64-gallon containers of partial toilet rolls
for its constituents bi-monthly. Delancey Street Foundation
is a self-help organization that assists individuals in
acquiring employment skills and achieving economic independence. HealthRight 360/Walden House gives hope, building health, and changes lives for people in needby providing comprehensive, integrated, compassionate care that includes primary medical care, mental health services, and substance use disorder treatment.
tenants at 425 Market St. hire vendors to shred their confidential
documents. Currently 11 of 35 floors (of office space) employ document
shredding services. The building management office records
the volume of shredding from each vendor and tenant. The
totals indicate approximately 32,000 pounds of paper is
shredded and recycled each month.