Public Works: Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling

Frequently Asked Questions

If you other questions regarding the C & D Ordinance, contact Bob Akiyama, Building Official, at (510) 420-3062.


Are there any additional City fees associated with these requirements?

No. There are no additional City fees associated with the requirement to recycle C&D debris.


Am I required to use Richmond Sanitary Service to haul recyclable and non-recyclable debris?

Yes. Richmond Sanitary Service has an exclusive franchise for the removal of solid waste and recyclable material from properties within the City limits.


May I self-haul the debris?

Contractors or any other paid hauler other than Richmond Sanitary Service MAY NOT remove the debris for the property owner exceptions include:


Can I salvage or reuse materials, fixtures and appliances?

Yes. Applicants are encouraged to salvage and reuse materials and fixtures such as bricks, windows, light fixtures, porcelain fixtures, fireplace mantles and more per the Salvaged Material Form (SMF). If you do salvage or reuse, you will need to submit a SMF along with weight estimates and receipts from salvage vendors to the City to document that you have diverted at least 50% of the C&D materials from the landfill. Please refer to the Builders’ Guide to Reuse & Recycling for information on salvage and reuse service providers which is available at City Hall.


How do I estimate the weight of materials reused or salvaged?

You should use the City approved Conversion Table for Salvage and Reuse to estimate the weight of these materials.

The following conversion rates are estimates. The ranges vary widely, depending on how the materials are handled (compacted, loose, chipped, etc.). Use the conversion factors and receipts from previous projects to help you estimate the potential amount of materials and waste. Take into consideration the type and load of vehicles that will be used to haul the materials. Ask your hauler or recycler to assist you in estimating these numbers.

Material Lbs/cy Tons/cy
Aphalt 1,400 lbs/cy 0.7 tons/cy
Cardboard 100 lbs/cy 0.05 tons/cy
Concrete 2,600 lbs/cy
(Sources range from 1,000 to 4,000)
1.3 tons/cy
Drywall 700 lbs/cy 0.35 tons/cy
Wood (chipped) 300 - 650 lbs/cy 0.15 – 0.3 tons/cy
Mixed C&D Debris 900 lbs/cy 0.45 tons/cy
Mixed Waste/Trash 100 - 350 lbs/cy 0.5 - 0.175 tons/cy

How do I comply with the Diversion Goal if more than 50% of the debris generated is not recyclable?

If unique circumstances make it infeasible for you to comply with the Diversion Goal, you may apply, in writing, to the Building Official for an exemption.


What is the penalty for not complying with the Ordinance?

Violation of a City ordinance, such as the Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Ordinance, is considered an infraction that may result in a fine.


Are these requirements really necessary?

Yes. C&D debris represents a significant portion of the City’s overall waste stream. Keeping these materials out of landfills is an essential part of the City’s plan for:

* AB 939 requires every city and county in the State to reduce the quantity of materials disposed at landfills by at least 50% (by weight) from 1990, or potentially face fines for non-compliance.