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will not work well to ensure maximum waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. These
goals need to be explicitly outlined and negotiated before selection of a contractor.
Some standard contract formats limit the feasibility of reuse and recycling. Federal,
State, and local contracting authorities should identify and remove barriers to material
reuse, and recycling in the language, process, and procedures of public contracting.
There are model contracts for past projects that can be customized for individual
agencies. For example, East Bay Conversion and Reinvestment Commission
developed a model Request for Proposal and Scope of Work for building deconstruction
at the former Alameda Naval Air Station. The scope includes specific deconstruction,
salvage, reuse, and recycling requirements. The following paragraphs are examples of
language found in the Request for Proposals from two different projects.
Excerpt from the East Bay Conversion and Reinvestment Commission for
deconstruction, demolition, and removal at the former Alameda Naval Air Station:
Deconstruction Plan: Submit proposed deconstruction, salvage, demolition and
removal procedures to the City Contract Administrator for approval before work is
started. The deconstruction/demolition plan shall include procedures for careful
removal and disposition of materials specified to be salvaged, coordination with other
work in progress, a disconnection schedule of utility services, and a detailed description
of all shoring, equipment, and methods to be used for each operation and the sequence
of deconstruction operations. Include statements affirming Contractor inspection of the
existing roof deck and its suitability to perform as a safe working platform or if inspection
reveals a safety hazard to workers, State provisions for securing the safety of the
workers throughout the performance of this work.
Excerpt from the Bayview Military Housing Project RFP Amendment encouraging
The Contractor is encouraged to recycle salvageable materials such as doors and
windows that are unpainted, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, and other materials that
are not contaminated by hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead paint, and that
are easily removed and reused. A public offering to sell or give away materials on
government property is allowed if the following conditions are met:
The materials to be given away or sold on the premise must be marshaled in a location
approved by the Contracting Officer.
The traffic of buyers or takers of the sale or give away materials shall provide adequate
safety for all concerned. The traffic routing must be approved by the Contracting
Compliance with all laws and regulations.
The proposer/contractor is encouraged to recycle concrete and asphaltic concrete
materials to be reused as fill under new paved areas, and under building foundation and
slabs on grade. The recycled concrete and asphalt concrete are required to have all