ReSource Roxbury Certified by the Recycling Certification Institute (RCI)
The sort line at ReSource Waste Services of Roxbury (ReSource Roxbury) has been certified by the Recycling Certification Institute (RCI) after a rigorous evaluation by an independent third party. The evaluator verified the integrity of the facility’s recovery/recycling reports and determined that they were accurate, verifiable and reasonable.
“We are very pleased to have achieved this certification at the Roxbury site,” said Gregory Leahey, the president of ReSource Waste Services. “This certification is meaningful not only to us, but to many of the contractors who deliver construction and demolition waste to the facility. If a contractor is working on a project that is seeking LEED green-building certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the contractor will earn credit toward that certification by disposing project waste at a RCI-certified facility such as ReSource Roxbury.”
Leahey said that LEED construction projects, certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, are required to meet minimum recycling rates for their C&D waste. “More and more stakeholders – including project developers and owners, architects, environmental groups and government agencies — are interested in verification of recovery and recycling rates, and we are proud to play a part in measuring our region’s progress toward sustainable construction and development.”
Stephen Bantillo, executive director of RCI, said the Institute’s national certification program ensures integrity, transparency, accuracy and reliability in the recovery/recycling reports of participating C&D recycling facilities.
Bantillo said that RCI used a rigorous, open, and comprehensive process for developing its protocols. Its primary focus, he said, is on accurate recycling accounting to ensure that the recovery and recycling reports issued by certified facilities are real, verifiable, reproducible, and reasonable.
Environmental Service Management Group, Inc. (ESMG) performed the evaluation for RCI. The ESMG evaluation, and additional information on RCI and the ReSource Roxbury facility’s performance, can be found here.
Leahey said the audit process was rigorous. ESMG visited the ReSource Roxbury facility to verify various activities and records, including: the facility’s processes; the sorting and storage of materials; the use and calibration frequency of certified scales; the proper weighing of materials and electronic storage of information; the accuracy of material sorting; and quality control measures that ensure accuracy in recovery and uploading of facility data. The ESMG evaluation team lso reviewed sales records, permits, and employee training and safety manuals.
RCI certification is valid for five years, subject to an annual recertification charge. After five years, a facility must undergo a recertification process.