May 24, 2012
With funding from EPA, Region II and the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University, NERC will be holding two C&D Recycling Trainings for contractors, architects, and recycling and reuse specialists in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The trainings, to be held in September 2012, will be presented by WasteCap Resource Solutions. NERC is partnering with the Puerto Rico Recycling Partnership, the USGBC U.S. Caribbean Chapter, and the Autoridad de Desperdicios Solidos for the trainings.
According to the US EPA, solid waste management in this island community continues to be a challenge due to Puerto Rico's sensitive island ecosystem and limited disposal space. Puerto Rico residents have lower recycling rates and produce more waste than people living on the USA mainland. Much of Puerto Rico's solid waste goes to one of the 5,320 square mile Island's more than 25 landfills. According to EPA, "the solution is a comprehensive and integrated solid waste management plan that calls for a reduction in the amount of solid waste generated, an increase in the recycling rate, the use of waste to produce energy, and the proper and efficient management of all landfills."
NERC's C&D Recycling Trainings can help inspire greater recycling and reuse of construction debris in Puerto Rico.
For additional information, contact Mary Ann Remolador, NERC Assistant Director.