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Approximately 22 percent of the state's waste stream is comprised of construction and demolition debris. Menlo Park's construction and demolition ordinance reduces the city's contribution of this debris to local landfills.
State mandate requires 65 percent of the project's anticipated debris must be diverted. The anticipated debris is determined by Community Development, but is typically as follows:
Up to 35 percent of this debris can be inerts (concrete and asphalt). Separate calculations for demolition and construction portions of an applicable project.
Pursuant to State Law, the City of Menlo Park requires 65 percent of all construction and demolition (C&D) debris to be diverted from the landfill through salvage or recycling. The City uses Green Halo Systems to review your Waste Management Plan. Projects in non-compliance are subject to a fine of $1 per square foot that meet the minimum threshold of at least 1,000 square feet. This means that if the project does not meet its 65 percent diversion rate, it will be charged $1.00 per square foot of the project’s referenced square feet. Register projects for online waste diversion tracking.
Register your project
Submit original facility weight tags with the correct Menlo Park project site as the origin. Ensure that facility tags do not say MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) or garbage. No recycling credit will be provided for these tags. Please keep weight tags from construction portion of the job separate from demolition portion to avoid confusion and delay.
All analysis of fines are calculated prior to final inspection. This means that projects cannot receive their final inspection (also known as "occupancy") until the C&D process is cleared or complete.
If you have an existing permit that was issued under the previous deposit/refund system, please contact us.
The waiting period is to encourage property owners and contractors to salvage materials from the job site. Salvaging is the controlled removal of reusable materials from C&D debris, for the purpose of donation or reuse.
A list of local Recycling Certification Institute (RCI) certified facilities is available online at greenhalosystems.com or recyclingcertification.org. The San Mateo County “Construction, Deconstruction, and Demolition Information” is also available in the City Hall lobby. Note: Only weight tags from Recycling Certification Institute (RCI) certified facilities are accepted by the City.
No, the applicant must verify each facility’s reported recycling rates available at greenhalosystems.com or recyclingcertification.org.
Only the images of the original tags need to be uploaded to the City of Menlo Park via Green Halo Systems (menlopark.wastetracking.com) to fulfill the Ordinance requirements. The original tags may be retained by the sub-contractor for tax purposes.
Weight tags accepted by the City of Menlo Park require the following:
It is the responsibility of the requestor to obtain the proper documentation from the salvage or recycling facility. Check your weight tags before leaving the facility. If any information is incorrect ask the facility weight master to issue a revised weight tag with the correct information.
Deposits will be forfeited if the applicant does not submit the required forms and proper documentation within the timelines specified.
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