Commercial & Demolition Debris Recycling
As of January 1, 2017, state law requires 65% waste diversion for all new construction, all commercial renovations and most residential additions/alterations. For more information visit the California Building Standards Commission website at: www.bsc.ca.gov/Home/CALGreen.aspx
The City of Union City requires projects subject to the C&D Recycling Ordinance to recycle:
- At least 50% of the local construction and demolition debris generated by a project
- 100% of all Portland cement, concrete, asphalt concrete, non-contaminated soils, land-clearing debris and plant debris
Which Projects are Covered under the C&D Ordinance?
- All new construction projects
- All non-residential renovation projects where the total costs are, or projected to be, greater than or equal to $50,000.
- All demolition projects where the total costs are, or projected to be, greater than or equal to $25,000.
How Do I Comply?
Applicants are required to submit a Waste Management Plan (WMP) online using Green Halo Systems (www.greenhalosystems.com). Then, upload recycling and disposal receipts minimum every 30-days and submit the Waste Management Report before scheduling the final inspection.
Important: The City of Union City also requires a Performance Security. The amount of the deposit shall be calculated as the lesser of 3% of total project cost or $10,000 USD.
- Go to greenhalosystems.com or call 1.888.525.1301 and create a Waste Management Plan. Input your project information including the Building Permit Number assigned.
- If the WMP is incomplete, the WMP will not be approved and a permit will not be issued.
- Using Green Halo, upload recycling and disposal receipts minimum every 30-days and submit the Waste Management Report before scheduling the final inspection
- The City will review the report and determine if you’ve complied with the diversion requirement.
Construction and Demolition Debris recycling options
There are several options for recycling construction and demolition materials:
- Hire a C&D recycling contractor permitted by the City
- Obtain a C&D debris box from the City's franchised hauler Republic Services 510.657.3500
- Separate materials on site and self-haul to various recycling facilities
- Self-haul mixed material loads to a mixed C&D recycling facility (see below)
- Reuse or donate C&D material
For the removal of solid waste from a job site, contact the City’s exclusive franchised hauler, Republic Services, at 510.657.3500. Recycling loads containing more than 10% garbage by weight or volume must be hauled by Republic Services.
What is a mixed C&D facility?
Mixed C&D facilities accept mixed loads of materials (i.e. cardboard, wood, metal, drywall, etc.) that they sort, process, and distribute. Going to a mixed C&D facility is a convenient option if you do not have the job site space to separate materials, and/or if you do not have the time to take sorted materials to various recycling facilities.
The following facilities accept mixed loads of construction debris:
- Fremont Recycling & Transfer Station, 41149 Boyce Road, Fremont, CA 510.252.0500
- Newby Island Landfill, 1601 Dixon Landing Road, Milpitas, CA 408.945.2800
- Davis Street Recycling & Transfer Station, 2615 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 510.638.2303
- Vasco Road Landfill, 4001 N. Vasco Road, Livermore, CA 925.447.0491
- Zanker Material Processing Facility, 675 Los Esteros Road, San Jose, CA 408.263.2384
- Guadalupe Landfill, 15999 Guadalupe Mines Road, San Jose, CA 408.268.1670
What if the debris from my project is contaminated?
If the debris from the job site is contaminated with asbestos, lead, or other hazardous materials, you must still complete the Waste Management Plan, designating the contaminated material for disposal and listing the disposal site. You must also obtain a letter from the disposal site stating that the material is contaminated and cannot be recycled, and submit the letter to staff to be exempted from the ordinance requirements.