All deconstruction and construction projects are required to utilize GreenWaste of Palo Alto for the collection of all materials if using containers (bins or debris boxes) at project sites. Contractors can continue to self-haul material by using trucks, but must still source separate materials and deliver them to one of the City approved processing facilities listed in Green Halo.
Deconstruction, Salvage Survey, and Source Separation of Materials Requirements
Residential and commercial projects where structures are being completely removed (also known as “demolition”) are required to conduct a survey designating the materials to be salvaged for reuse, deconstruct the structure, and source separate materials for reuse and recycling. Please note, a separate building permit is required for the removal of structures (previously known as a ”demolition” permit).
Follow these steps for your deconstruction projects:
Step 1 – Prior to Building Permit Application Submittal
- Obtain a salvage survey by a City approved reuse organization. It will be required as part of your permit application.
Step 2 – After Building Permit Issuance
- Deconstruct structures by carefully disassembling building components.
- Separate deconstruction materials into:
- Materials for reuse
- Materials for recycle – separate into specific categories (e.g., obtain separate containers from GreenWaste of Palo Alto for sheetrock, clean wood, etc.). All materials are to be delivered to one of the City approved materials recovery facilities listed in Green Halo.
- Source separation guidelines will be available in Spring 2020.
Time-lapse video of Palo Alto home being deconstructed
Step 3 – Prior to Final Inspection for Building Permit
- Upload certification to Green Halo that all materials indicated on the salvage survey were properly salvaged by a City approved reuse organization.
- Upload all other material weights from deconstruction to Green Halo.