Construction & Demolition (C&D) Materials Recycling Ordinance


a photo of a construction and demolition project in processState law requires at least 50% of solid waste generated in a community be recycled. Cities can be fined $10,000 per day by the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) for failure to comply with this law. The CIWMB encourages cities to adopt a Construction & Demolition (C&D) Materials Recycling Ordinance to improve recycling rates.

The City of Concord adopted a local C&D Materials Recycling Ordinance effective July 1, 2007.

The C&D Ordinance requires that at least 50% of the waste materials generated by a construction or demolition project be diverted from the landfill through waste management options such as reuse or recycling. The Ordinance also requires that at least 75% of all inert debris generated by a construction or demolition project be diverted from the landfill. Inert debris includes concrete, asphalt, brick and similar masonry products.

Applicants for Covered Projects described below are required to pay a Performance Security and a Program Fee. At the end of the project a Final Report must be submitted which demonstrates that minimum diversion requirements have been achieved. If the requirements of the Ordinance are met the Performance Security is refunded. The Program Fee, which funds the cost of administering the program, is non-refundable.

All projects requiring a demolition, building, encroachment, or grading permit must comply with the C&D Ordinance if the project is either:

  1. A residential or commercial project where total costs are valued at $50,000 or greater, except for demolition projects which are Covered Projects regardless of permit value.
  2. A City-owned or City-sponsored project where total costs are valued at $150,000 or greater.
  3. A residential or commercial roofing or re-roofing project valued at $10,000, or greater, or a project where 50%, or more, of the roof area is replaced, or where a project requires five (5) squares, or more, of roofing material regardless of permit value.

The Performance Security, which would be refunded if the minimum recycling requirements of the ordinance are met, is based on permit value:

Project Valuation 1.5% of Valuation >2 % of Valuation
$10,000-$29,999 $500  
$30,000-$49,999 $500-$750  
$50,000-$99,000   $1,000-$1980
$100,000-$149,000   $2,000-2,980
>$150,000   $3,000 and greater
(Not to exceed $25,000)

The non-refundable Program Fee is based on permit value:

The Program Fee is based on 0.003 (0.30%) of the permit value. For example, this would add $105 to the cost of a $35,000 project, $510 to the cost of a $170,000 project and $1,680 to the cost of a $560,000 project.

Links to the Ordinance and application forms are at the top of this page.


More information on C&D Ordinances:

  1. State of California Integrated Waste Management Board C&D Ordinance Web site:
    www.ciwmb.ca.gov/ConDemo/
  2. Contra Costa Builder's Guide to Reuse and Recycling:
    Recognized Facilities by City of Concord
 
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