Ever wonder what happens to the different materials we remove from our buildings — either through everyday use or tenant improvements? Here is a brief look at what goes where and how materials are reused.
The batteries collected at Melvin Mark Properties are sent to Portland Lighting and then Total Reclaim Environmental Services for recycling. Total Reclaim's ships the batteries throughout the US and around the world for through their Seattle facility. These locations melt down the battery's exterior cover for new product. Some of the inner components are extracted and reused, such as the oxide, mercury, nickel iron and zinc. Both lithium and alkaline batteries are turned into new batteries through this process.
For additional information on Total Reclaim's recycling process: http://www.totalreclaim.com/batt.html
Much of our building's lighting is recycled through two local vendors, Portland Lighting and Total Reclaim Environmental Services. Melvin Mark Companies recycles most of our used fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent U-bends, circular and High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps, PCB ballasts and non PCB ballasts. The lighting is sent to Total Reclaim, who disassembles and recycles or reuses the components according to EPA's Universal Waste Rule.
For more information on the recycling process of fluorescent lamps, ballasts and other lighting, please visit: http://www.totalreclaim.com/index.html
The doors removed from our tenant spaces are saved for future reuse on site for future tenant improvements throughout our buildings.
Some of the removed sheetrock from our tenant spaces is saved at one of our locations for future recycling.
Most of our building's carpet, unless otherwise specified, is provided by Shaw Contract Group and is the "Culture" carpet, a 100% recyclable carpet created out of 20% recycled content. This specific type of carpet is part of the Shaw closed looped recycling program, meaning this carpet can fully recycled back into new carpet after it is one day removed from the office space.
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The products used in Melvin Mark properties and tenant spaces are always specified by our in-house Space Planner as being low in VOC's. Any paint remaining from a tenant improvement will be saved on site for future re-use or sent back to the vendor for recycling.
Metal that can be recycled is collected and recycled by Melvin Mark and/or our sub-contractors.
The electronic waste collected at our sites it sent to Retronics, who recycles the electric components according to EPA standards.
For more information on their recycling efforts, please visit: http://www.ctlcorp.com/retronics/v2/default.aspx?hdr=Home
The trash collected at our Crown Plaza, Fifth Ave Building, Union Bank Building, Central Plaza and Portland Community College buildings is collected by Allied Waste. After our building waste is collected, Allied Waste sends the trash to a local recovery site in Willsonville, OR. At this location, it is sorted and any recyclable materials are collected. The remaining, non-recyclable items are transported to a landfill in Corvallis, OR. At this location, a Landfill Gas to Energy facility, the captured leachate (seeped liquid) is used as agricultural fertilizer. The methane gas is also captured and is converted into power for over 4,000 homes in the local area.
For more information on Allied Waste's recycling efforts, please visit: http://www.lakeoswego.disposal.com/recycling.aspx
Trash at the Water Tower, Bailey Building, Failing Building and Columbia Square is collected by Waste Management.
For more information on Waste Management's recycling services, please visit their website at http://www.wm.com/business/recycling-services.jsp