Learning Objectives

1. Understand the various waste streams generated from the occupants’ use of the building in order to plan waste removal with safety and the environment in mind.

2. Recognize how proper containers, trucks, and waste movement creates a more sustainable system that saves on equipment costs, reduces greenhouse gases, and avoids regulatory problems.

3. Identify the financial reasons to incorporate proper waste planning into the building’s design.

4. Increase driver, custodial, and occupant safety. 

5. Create a mindset around the importance of waste separation and ensuring that discarded material ends up in the proper place.


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Sam Listi

Very useful information that we are usually aware of

Carla Acosta

A very informative outline of trash removal which indicated the importance of architects initally planning with the client as well as the selected trash remover and the regulatory Officials. The overview was very put together. Thank you!

Raymond R. Lammon

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Dan MenMuir

I would like to know more about interior waste layouts and impact on improving recycling and landfill diversion.

Kyle Hopkins

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Talking Trash: A Guide to Planning Efficient Waste Streams


This course is created to ensure designers understand the space necessary for the various waste streams. Each style of truck will be explained and both approach and overhead requirements detailed. Various containers for waste are outlined, including spatial requirements. Lack of planning for these elements has direct effects on the ability to sort and separate waste materials, custodial safety, and the cost of waste contract.

Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU + 1 AANB, NSAA, ALBNL (EPP)

Length: 1h

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