Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM)

Is a holistic analysis of all the materials that a project will potentially generate. The goal is to preemptively prevent waste, promote cost reduction, increase reusable materials and encourage recycling and composting solutions. A key aspect of ISWM is to develop a Solid Waste Management Plan in order to give clear guidelines to all stakeholders. Some cities require a Solid Waste Management Plan as a prerequisite to a development agreement.

LEED v4 – New Requirements

  • BD+C: 
    • Develop a Waste Management Plan – it’s now a part of the prerequisite!
  • O+M: 
    • Establish a purchasing plan and solid waste management plan. 
    • Maintain a waste reduction program that reuse, recycles or composts 
    • Divert at least 50% of ongoing consumables waste stream and 75% of durable goods. 
    • Divert at least 70% of construction waste. 
    • Safely dispose of hazardous materials such as: batteries, mercury containing lamps, e-waste.

WELL® Certification
The WELL® Building Standard includes solid waste best management practices. Under Feature 09 Cleaning Protocol, trash must meet the relevant standard per appropriate functional class or use case, or a local equivalent for projects outside the United States.


Also a project must have an active waste reduction and recycling program, including the diversion of landscape waste in order to achieve this precondition. Contact us to know more about WELL® requirements, solid waste standards and recycling programs. 

Contact us to learn more about Waste Management Plan, Waste Reduction Programs, Waste Solutions, and LEED v4 requirements!