Construction and Demolition Recycling Program
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Construction and Demolition Recycling Program

 

Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris is a significant and growing part of landfill waste in California. A large percentage of C&D materials can be recycled.

Foster City is required by State Law to divert 50% of its waste from landfill. To meet this goal, the Foster City Council passed an Ordinance amending the Foster City Municipal Code to require that certain construction and demolition projects divert a minimum of 50% of the debris generated by the project. The Ordinance requires that a Waste Management Plan be submitted as a condition of the building permit. The contractor should use the Plan to demonstrate how the will maximize the reuse and/or recycling of debris and other waste generated during demolition, new construction, roofing, landscape and other construction projects. The Ordinance requires that a refundable deposit be submitted based on the estimate of the debris that will be generated during the project. As a condition of the return of deposit, the City further requires that documentation of recycling activities demonstrating a minimum of 50% diversion be submitted at the project's completion. If an applicant performs demolition or construction without complying with the recycling requirements of the permit, the applicant shall be subjected to forfeiture of original deposit.

Construction and demolition (C&D) debris is a significant and growing part of landfill waste in California. A large percentage of C&D materials can be recycled. Requiring that C&D materials be recycled as a condition of building permits will assist the City of Foster City in complying with State Law.

  • Types of Projects Covered by the Ordinance
  • Building Permit Application Requirements
  • Diversion Rate Requirements
  • Deposit
  • Deposit Refund Procedure

 

Printable Applications:

Instructions

Before Permit

After Permit

 

Types of Projects Covered by the Ordinance

The Construction and Demolition Ordinance applies to projects that fit the following criteria:

  1. The New construction or Full demolition of any residential or commercial buildings.
  2. Any alternation (addition, tenant improvement) of a commercial building when the value of the project exceeds $100,000.
  3. Any alternation or addition to a residential building when the value of the project exceeds $100,000.
  4. Any roofing project.

Building Permit Application Requirements:

As a condition of issuing the building permit application, applicants for projects must comply with the following requirements:

  1. Waste Management Plan for Construction Projects: A Waste Management Plan (BEFORE PERMIT) must be submitted and approved. The plan includes estimates of waste generated and materials to be diverted before construction permit will be issued. Where a contractor will demolish a home and construct a new one, a separate Plan will be required for each project.
  2. Final Compliance Report / Deposit Refund Request Form (AFTER FINAL): Upon completion of the project, the contractor will complete and submit the attached Final Compliance Report / Deposit Refund Request Form (AFTER FINAL) showing date, project address, amount and type of materials disposed. Report shall summarizes the actual weight of waste generated, weight of materials diverted, and facility destinations of waste disposed and recycled, including back-up documentation (copies of receipts, weight tags, etc.). The documentation shall be submitted within sixty days following completion of demolition or final inspection approval of construction projects
  3. Demolition and Construction projects: The Building Inspector will verify (if applicable) the removal of salvaged materials prior to demolition. Once demolition is complete, the contractor will submit the attached Final Compliance Report / Deposit Refund Request Form (AFTER FINAL) with a list of items salvaged for reuse and weight tickets showing the date, project address, amount and type of materials disposed. The Building Inspector will verify that the recycling goals of the Waste Management Plan were documented and met before construction permit will be issued.
  4. Obtain Weight Tickets: Make sure you, the debris box provider of the waste hauler, obtain legible weight tickets showing full information (including amount and city of origin) for the debris you recycle or donate/sell for salvage/reuse. Submit these to the building division with your Final Compliance Report / Deposit Refund Request Form.

Diversion Rate Requirements

A minimum recycling rate of 50% is required for all projects. For all projects, the contractor shall optimize the amount of diverted material that excludes soil, concrete, asphalt, and other non-structural debris. To the maximum extent feasible:

  1. Deconstruction and Salvage: Where a structure is to be partially or wholly demolished, deconstruction and salvaging of materials is recommended and optional.
  2. Source Separation: Separating into clean loads those materials that cannot be salvaged will facilitate their recycling, and is strongly encouraged.
  3. Debris Hauling and Disposal: Clean loads are generally charged lower rates for recycling. If you intend to haul mixed debris (insulation, plastic, wood, brick, roofing material, etc. all mixed together), be sure to take it to a facility that can recycle mixed debris.

Lists of numerous recycling collectors, facilities, and salvage companies are available at City Hall.

Fee

To obtain a construction and demolition permit you are required to pay a non-refundable fee as set forth in the City's Master Fees and Services Charges Schedule, Section S-2-G (7) a/b

Deposit

To obtain a construction and demolition permit, you are required to pay a refundable deposit based on the size of the project.

  1. Deposit Amount: $50 for every estimated ton of debris your project will generate or $0.25 for every estimated pound of debris your project will generate.
  2. Minimum Deposit: The minimum deposit for all roofing projects is $500. The minimum deposit for all other projects is $1,000.
  3. Maximum Deposit: The maximum deposit for all residential projects is $10,000. The maximum deposit for all commercial projects is $30,000.
  4. Return of Deposit Security: In order to get your full deposit back, you must recycle, reuse, and/or salvage at least 50% of the total generated tonnage from the project. To be considered for a refund, complete the Final Compliance Report/ Deposit Refund Request Form (AFTER FINAL) upon project completion and include all applicable documentation.
  5. Prorated: Your deposit will be prorated if you recycle or reuse less than 50% of the total estimated debris generated but still satisfy part of the ordinance requirements.

Deposit Refund Procedure

It is very important that you fill out the Final Compliance Report / Deposit Refund Request Form (AFTER FINAL) accurately in its entirety. You are responsible for obtaining the proper documentation from the salvage or recycling facility. Submit tags or copies of weight tickets from all facilities that receive material.

To be eligible for any security deposit refund the applicant must do the following:

Demolition Projects:

Within 60 days after the completion of the demolition portion of project, the applicant must submit a Final Compliance Report / Deposit Refund Request Form (AFTER FINAL). The form will show all tonnage recycled, salvaged and/or disposed and original photocopies of receipts or weight tags from recycling facilities confirming recycling, salvaging, and disposal of materials.

Construction Projects:

Within 60 days after approval of final inspection, the applicant must submit a Final Compliance Report/Deposit Refund Request Form (AFTER FINAL) that demonstrates compliance with the diversion requirements of the ordinance.

Deposits will be forfeited if the applicant does not submit required form and documentation within 60 days following project completion or if deposit is unclaimed for a period of 60 days beyond the project completion date.

Documentation:

  • Each weight tag must list Foster City as the city of origin.
  • Material weight must be listed on each ticket or tag.
  • A separate weight tag is required for each job site. To receive recycling credit, debris from separate project addresses cannot be delivered to the recycling facility in the same truck. If loads from more than one job site are combined, the weight ticket will be invalid.

Other Resources for Salvaging and Recycling Debris

Recyclable debris can be separated by type and taken to a recycling facility, often for a lower fee than if mixed together, and get as much as 100% recycling credit for it. Examples of separated categories are: metal, clean wood and plant materials, cardboard and paper, concrete, asphalt. Two pamphlets provide useful information on recycling and salvage services and facilities, and how to dispose of hazardous materials:

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