How MCDOT reduces waste


  • Leaf collection and composting

MCDOT collects 130,000 to 150,000 cubic yards of leaves a year for composing, reusing this valuable organic material and keeping it out of the waste stream.


  • Recycling asphalt

From 2011 to 2014, MCDOT used 125, 000 tons of asphalt derived from recycled pavement. This equals 25 percent of the total amount of asphalt used in MCDOT projects.


  • Inspect MCDOT facilities

MCDOT ensures that its facilities and operations are efficient and sustainable. MCDOT inspects each of its facilities to ensure we are meeting and exceeding applicable laws that regulate how our operations impact the environment. 


  • Hold pollution prevention training classes

MCDOT raises environmental awareness among staff by conducting pollution prevention training classes on best practices that also maintain the highest quality standards. Staff learn about  applicable regulations; how to comply with the law; ways to identify and reduce hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants; and, how to develop an action plan to prevent and manage pollution. 


  • Cut office and facility waste

MCDOT purchases supplies in bulk to limit material used in packaging and buys Energy Star office equipment, which is rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be more energy efficient.