Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling

CalGreen Update

As of January 1, 2017, State law requires 65% waste diversion for all new construction and commercial renovations, and most residential additions/alterations. For more information, visit: California Building Standards Commission.

Union City requires construction and demolition (C&D) projects subject to the C&D Recycling Ordinance to recycle:

  • At least 65% 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 City’s C&D Ordinance?

  • All new construction projects;
  • All non-residential renovation projects where the total costs projected to be greater than or equal to $50,000;
  • All demolition projects where the total costs are 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 and upload all recycling and disposal receipts a minimum of every 30-days. Prior to scheduling the final inspection, applicants are required to submit their Waste Management Report.

Important: Union City also requires a Performance Security deposit. The amount of the deposit shall be calculated as the lesser of 3% of the total project cost or $10,000 USD.

  • Go to Green Halo Systems or call 888.525.1301 and create a Waste Management Plan (WMP). Input your project information, including the Building Permit Number assigned.
  • If the WMP is incomplete, it will not be approved and a permit will not be issued.
  • Using Green Halo Systems, upload recycling and disposal receipts a minimum of every 30 days and submit the Waste Management Report before scheduling the final inspection.
  • The City will review the report and determine if your project complies with the diversion requirement.

C&D Debris Recycling Options

There are several options for recycling construction and demolition materials:

  • Hire a C&D recycling contractor permitted by the City;Roll-Off-Box
  • Obtain a C&D roll-off 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 Republic Services,  the City’s exclusive franchised hauler, at 510.657.3500. Recycling loads containing more than 10% of landfill (garbage) materials 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 are sorted for recycling at the facility. Recycling materials generated at the job site at a mixed C&D facility is a convenient option if you do not have adequate space to separate and store materials and/or you do not have the time to self-haul materials to various recycling facilities.

The facilities listed below accept mixed loads of C&D debris: 

What if the Debris from my Project is Contaminated?

If the debris from the job site are contaminated with asbestos, lead, or other hazardous materials, you must still complete the WMP, designate the contaminated material for disposal. nd list the specific disposal site where this material is delivered. You must also obtain a letter from the disposal site verifyin the material is contaminated and cannot be recycled. Lastly, please submit the letter to City staff through Green Halo Sytems to be exempted from the ordinance requirements.