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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 Plan must demonstrate how the contractor 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.
Effective January 1, 2017, the Cal Green Building Standards amended the City's current C&D ordinance to require that identified projects recycle a minimum of 65% of the debris generated by the project (roofing projects are still required to recycle a minimum of 50% of the debris generated by 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 (for roofs) and 65% diversion (for other state-identified projects) 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.
The following topics are covered below:
The Construction and Demolition Ordinance applies to projects that fit the following criteria:
As a condition of issuing the building permit application, applicants for projects must comply with the following 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:
Lists of numerous recycling collectors, facilities, and salvage companies are available at City Hall.
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.
To obtain a construction and demolition permit, you are required to pay a refundable deposit based on the size of the project.
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:
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.
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.
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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