Construction and demolition debris disposal

All materials generated during construction and demolition must be delivered to an authorized facility to maximize recycling. To obtain a building permit, building applicants will need to complete the Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Statement.

Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Statement

City of Hayward to Update Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Municipal Code

The Hayward City Council will be considering amendments to the City’s Construction and Demolition Debris Municipal Code Section (Municipal Code Sec. 5.10) at an upcoming Council meeting on April 25, 2017. Proposed changes will include more stringent requirements intended to increase debris recycling and ensure consistency with the current California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen). 

Of note, potential changes include an increase in the minimum recycling rate for all covered projects from 50% to 65% (the current provision requiring 100% recycling of asphalt and concrete is proposed to remain). Furthermore, more projects would be covered under the updated ordinance, and there would be new requirements regarding where debris may be recycled.

Recommended changes were presented to the City Council Sustainability Committee in November 2016.  The report can be found at November 14, 2016 C&D Report to CSC.

Proposed amended municipal code language is now available for public review. Three versions are available for reference:

If you have any questions about the ordinance update or construction and demolition debris recycling, please email

What Happens to Construction Debris?

Check out this behind the scenes look at the Public Area Materials Facility at the Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex in San Leandro, California.

Hayward Regulations

For projects valued over $75,000, provide all weigh tags and this form documenting tons recycled or landfilled to the Department of Utilities & Environmental Services prior to requesting a final inspection If you use a roll-off container, it must be from Waste Management of Alameda County

Debris may be transported by authorized haulers to authorized processing facilities other than Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC), provided that the following guidelines are met:

The debris must be removed either:
By a licensed contractor as part of the total service offered by that contractor, or
By an authorized hauler (see below) hired by the contractor.

The debris must be loaded onto a fixed body vehicle (e.g., end-dump or stake-side truck) and hauled directly to a facility for recycling or composting.

Loads must be hauled to an authorized recycling facility (see below) that hold all applicable permits and can provide weigh tags and other receipts indicating tons recycled and tons landfilled.

If the load is garbage, it must be delivered to WMAC’s Davis Street Transfer Station at 2615 Davis Street, San Leandro. A load is considered garbage if it contains less than 5% recyclable materials. Recyclable Materials include: concrete, asphalt, brick, rock, gravel, tiles, cardboard, paper, plastic film, scrap metal, clean (untreated and unpainted) wood, unpainted drywall, carpet and soil. Garbage includes: painted wood, painted drywall, and insulation.

If you intend to use an alternative hauler or processing facility, check that it is on the pre-authorized list below, or call 510.583.4725 to obtain approval from City staff.

Pre-Authorized Alternative Haulers and Recycling Facilities:

  • Ferma Corporation: 6655 Smith Ave, Newark, CA 94560; 877.337.6211
  • Green Waste Recovery, Inc.: 625 Charles Street, San Jose, CA 95112; 408.283.4804
  • Newby Island Landfill: 1601 Dixon Landing Road, San Jose, CA; 408.635.1401
  • Sanitary Fill Company: 501 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94134; Gary Foss: 415.330.1400
  • SRDC: 475 Seaport Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94063; 650.298.9228
  • Zanker Road Material Processing Facility: 675 Los Esteros Road, San Jose, CA 95134; 408-263-2384

If any loads of C&D debris does not comply with the above-listed provisions, then all such debris must be removed by WMAC.