|UPW Office Recycling News
|Special Earth Day Issue
observance of EARTH DAY April 22, 2008 we decided to release a special
newsletter issue. We have compiled some helpful information for offices
and an update on legislation.
Executive V.P. Recycling Education
United Pacific Waste & Recycling Services
The owners of United Pacific Waste
& Recycling Services (UPW) are the successors of the award winning
company, Zakaroff Recycling Services (ZRS) founded in 1913.
buildings in downtown Los Angeles were serviced since their inception;
modern equipment was engineered to accommodate architectural structures
a regular practice of the business.
Today UPW is established to continue the ZRS legacy. Our
predecessors taught us to provide a stable leadership that guides the
company's long-term strategy and daily operations. We are composed of
technically qualified professionals with over 150 years of combined
experience and empowered by a professional work force of over 100. UPW
offers all-inclusive waste removal, recycling and educational service
for office towers, shopping centers, hotels, commercial compounds, and
We are members of the US Green Building Council USGBC and can help with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED Green Building Rating System™ a third party certification program.
If you would like more information about LEED for the EXISTING BUILDING CERTIFICATION PROCESS do not hesitate to contact Shauna Kandilian at UPW 562.699.7600 Extension 112.
| Green Building Ordinance
L.A. City council vote on the Private Sector Green Building Program
ordinance has been set for Tuesday, April 22nd. The hearing will take
place in the Council Chambers at the City Hall beginning 10:00 a.m. We
contacted Arti Panjwani a policy anaylist at www.globalgreen.org and
asked her to clarify the impact this would have on the Office Building
Industry in Los Angeles and she wrote the following.
proposed ordinance for the City of Los Angeles Private Sector Green
Building Program can be found on the Los Angeles Department of City
Planning's website (http://cityplanning.lacity.org/) under Plans and Ordinances, Proposed Ordinances.
I've attached the proposed ordinance (from the website), and below is a brief description of the program:
City of Los Angeles Private Sector Green Building Program was developed
with participation and input from a wide variety of community
stakeholders. The Program consists of three main components: a Green
Building Team, a Standard of Sustainability, and a Standard of
The City recognizes that green building
is an emerging and evolving field and therefore relatively unfamiliar
to many in the building design and construction industries. Therefore,
the Program establishes the Green Building Team to hold public meetings
and resolve technical issues, to review and suggest modifications to
the Los Angeles Municipal Code (L.A.M.C.), to oversee the Standards of
Sustainability and Sustainable Excellence, and to establish and
maintain city staff education and an educational public outreach
program. In addition, the Team will provide an annual Green Building
The Standard of Sustainability establishes a
requirement for non-residential and high-residential (above 6 stories)
projects at or above 50,000 square feet of floor area, or low-rise
residential (six stories or less) of 50 or more dwelling units and
50,000 square feet of floor area, or the alteration or rehabilitation
of at least 50,000 square feet of floor area or 50 or more dwelling
units for which construction costs exceed a valuation of 50% of the
replacement cost of the existing building.
Projects subject to
the Standard of Sustainability must include a LEED Accredited
Professional (LEED AP) on the design/development team, and demonstrate
that they have met the intent of the criteria for certification at the
US Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) Certified Level, although formal certification by
the USGBC is not required. The Standard for non-residential/high-rise
residential projects will become effective in November 2008. The
Standard will apply to low-rise residential projects in May 2009.
Standard of Sustainable Excellence establishes an incentive program for
projects that register with the USGBC's LEED program, include a LEED
AP, and can demonstrate how they will achieve LEED certification at a
Silver or higher level.
Best Regards, Arti
Arti G. Panjwani
Policy and Legislative Associate
Global Green USA
In Partnership With Green Cross International
2218 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone 310-581-2700 x106
Recycle Bottles and Cans
California Department of Conservation (DOC) provides services to
promote a healthy environment that makes economical sense. The team is
made up of scientists and other professionals and promotes a program to
help keep beverage containers out of the landfill.
The DOC provides a free beverage recycling starter kit. California
businesses can obtain the free starter kit by ordering the kit online or by calling 1-800-RECYCLE. The starter kit will be shipped to you within 6-8 weeks and it is easy to assemble. http://www.bottlesandcans.com/start.php
starter kit is made of corrugated plastic, is water
resistant and has the appropriate look and quality to put into a
beautiful high rise office unit. The kit can be placed in kitchens,
conference rooms or wherever plastic, glass
and aluminum bottle and cans are generated. For further assistance
please or for more information do not
hesitate to contact UPW at 562.699.7600 and ask for Shauna Kandilian at
So what happens after you collect recyclables in your office?
are instructed to take the recyclables to the loading dock and place it
in the UPW RECYCLING CONTAINER. UPW transports the recyclables to the
recycling facility where they are sorted and stockpiled into bales for
shipment to reprocessing facilities. UPW will include the recyclables
on your waste diversion report. If tenants want to take recyclables to
the buy back center just ask for the weight tickets so we can include
them into your waste diversion report as third party recycling. Some
of the Property Managers that have placed the kit into their High
Rise Office Towers are Maguire Properties (take a peek at the Wells
Fargo Center common areas), CBRE, and USAA REALTY.
Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling California Beverage
Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act (Act) was enacted in 1986
to achieve and maintain high recycling rates for beverage container
types such as glass, plastic and aluminum. The Division provides a
number of services to achieve these goals, including enforcement,
auditing, grant funding, technical assistance and education.