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Construction & Demolition Recycling
The City of Oakland’s Construction and Demolition Debris Waste Reduction and Recycling Ordinance (C&D Recycling Ordinance) is part of the City’s efforts to meet local and State mandated requirements to divert materials from landfill disposal, including Oakland’s goal of Zero Waste by 2020.
The following pages contain information on the Oakland Construction and Demolition Debris Waste Reduction and Recycling Ordinance (C&D Ordinance). Builders, architects, engineers, property owners, and others will find useful information on these web pages to support their efforts to meet and or exceed the minimum requirements of the C&D Ordinance.
- Online Submissions (Green Halo)
- Paper Submissions, fees apply
- Why and How to Optimize C&D Recycling
- News, Updates and C&D Resources
- Technical Assistance & Green Building Resource Center
C&D Recycling Ordinance Requirements
The City of Oakland requires projects subject to the C&D Recycling Ordinance (affected projects) to recycle:
- 100% of all Asphalt & Concrete (A/C) materials and 65% of all other materials
Affected Projects Include
- All New Construction
- All Demolition (excluding single family and duplex)
- Addition or Alteration with construction valuation exceeding $50,000 (excluding single family and duplex)
Required Forms for Affected Projects
- A Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan (WRRP) that shows how the project will salvage and/or recycle 100% of asphalt & concrete debris, and at least 65% of all other materials.
- A Construction and Demolition Summary Report (CDSR) that documents the actual salvage, recycling and disposal activity for the completed project.
- WRRPs must be submitted online at www.greenhalosystems.com or on paper* and City staff must approve the WRRP prior to issuance of building permits.
- CDSRs must be submitted online at www.greenhalosystems.com or on paper* prior scheduling a FINAL INSPECTION.
*Fees apply for all paper or non-Green Halo submittals and start at $232.27 for projects started after May 2011.
*Fees apply for same day review of WRRPs or CDSRs and start at $375.00 per submittal.
Online Submission Process
The City introduced Green Halo Systems in May of 2011 as the standard method for submittal of WRRPs and CDSRs online, replacing paper forms. There are no costs for using Green Halo for online submissions.
Use of Green Halo Systems for projects in the City of Oakland requires an access code issued by the City.
When filing a building permit application, please complete the Construction and Demolition (C&D) Receipt and City staff will issue an access code to the party named on the C&D Receipt. An Applicant who fails to complete a C&D Receipt may request an access code by sending an email to C&Drecycling@oaklandnet.com with the Building Permit Application number, project address (including suite number if applicable), and specifying the email address where the access code should be sent.
There are five steps for completing WRRPs and CDSRs online:
Step 1 – When making application for a building permit, complete a Construction & Demolition Recycling Receipt to request access to Green Halo Systems for online submittals.
Step 2 – Add Green Halo Systems to your email safe sender list then follow link in email from Green Halo to create a profile or start a new project
Step 3 - Complete and submit a WRRP online prior to issuance of building permit.
Step 4 – Upload receipts, invoices, photos, or other relevant documentation compiled during the project at Green Halo Systems. It is much easier if you upload receipts as you get them rather than waiting until the end of the project.
Step 5 – At project completion, click “Submit For Final” to deliver a completed CDSR to the City, prior to scheduling the Final Inspection or requesting a T.C.O. or C.O.
Paper WRRP or CDSR Submittals
Fees apply for paper submittals and start at $232.27 for projects started after May 2011. There is no cost for online submissions via Green Halo.
There are five steps to follow for submitting paper WRRPs and CDSRs:
Step 1 - Complete a paper WRRP and submit it for review to the Building Permit Counter prior to issuance of affected permit.
Step 2 – Pay fees for paper submittals. Permit Counter staff will notify Applicants of fees due prior to issuance of permit.
Step 3- Gather and organize receipts, invoices, photos and other relevant documentation in preparation for the CDSR.
Step 4 – Complete and submit a CDSR at project completion, prior to scheduling the Final Inspection or requesting a T.C.O. or C.O. You may submit CDSRs at the Building Inspections counter, 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor or during office hours at the Green Building Resource Center.
Step 5 – Maintain copies of the CDSR and all documentation. Per OMC 15.34, the City may audit your files up to a year after completion of the project.
|Required Forms (Fees apply for paper or non-Green Halo submittals and start at $232.27.)|
|Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan (WRRP)||Describes how project scrap and debris will be diverted from landfill (to be submitted with permit application)|
|Summary Report (CDSR)||Submitted at Final Inspection to report actual tonnages recycled during construction|
|There are no fees for online submittals via Green Halo Systems|
|Instructions for Forms||More detailed instructions for filling out the WRRP and CDSR|
|Materials Conversion Worksheet||For converting debris yardage to tons as required for entry on the WRRP and CDSR|
Rules for Transporting C&D Debris
It is unlawful for any person other than the City's licensed franchised solid waste collector to collect or haul any Construction and Demolition debris within the City except:
(a) Source Separated Recyclables (e.g., unpainted wood, scrap metals, new drywall scrap), which consist of materials that have been separated from general Construction & Demolition Debris for the express purpose of recycling. Loads consisting of recyclable materials that contain more than five percent of residual (non-recyclable) materials shall not be considered source separated recyclable; or,
(b) Construction and Demolition debris that is; (1) removed from a premises by a licensed contractor as an incidental part of a total construction, remodeling or demolition service offered by that contractor, and; (2) directly loaded onto a fixed body vehicle and hauled directly to a transfer station, or disposal facility.