Whether you are developing a plan or preparing for demolition and construction, we have the tools and guidelines to help you meet Recycling & Zero Waste requirements for your residential or commercial project. The purpose of these requirements is to ensure:
The City has adopted the California Green Building Code (CALGreen), which includes requirements for the recycling and salvage of construction and demolition (C&D) debris. The information below will help you understand what is required, who can collect debris, and how you can maximize recycling of your project.
If your project is subject to CALGreen debris diversion requirements (ask the Building Division), you must recycle and/or salvage for reuse a minimum of 65% of nonhazardous construction and demolition waste. In general, this requirement applies to new construction projects, additions (including projects that increase the habitable space such as garage conversions), and commercial remodels/tenant improvements with a valuation of at least $200,000. Your project will need to create a Construction and Demolition Waste Management Plan in the City's online tracking system. Documentation of this diversion is required or a final building inspection will not be scheduled. In order to meet the minimum diversion rate, you may need to separate recyclable materials from non-recyclable materials when disposing of debris. Weight tickets marked as "Trash," "Rubbish" or "MSW" will receive 0% diversion. See How to Track Your Waste below.
If your project involves demolition only and is 5,000 square feet or more, you must recycle and/or salvage for reuse a minimum of 50 percent of nonhazardous waste as required by the City’s Construction & Demolition Ordinance. Please note that the 5,000 square foot threshold includes all phases of a project and all related projects taking place on a single or adjoining parcel. Documentation of this diversion is required or a final building inspection will not be scheduled. See How to Track Your Waste below.
If you plan to collect and haul your construction or demolition debris with roll-off boxes, you must use the City's exclusive hauler, Recology. These boxes will be hauled to Zanker Material Processing Facility to be sorted for recycling. No documentation is required - weight tags will be uploaded to the City’s online waste tracking system for you by City staff. Separate boxes for yard trimmings and cardboard are available at a discounted rate which can further increase diversion. Also, only Recology boxes may be placed in the street (with an encroachment permit from Land Development).
For more information, see documents below or contact Recology. See also Exclusive Franchised Hauler - Warnings & Exceptions below.
There are three simple steps to tracking your construction and demolition waste using our online waste tracking system. Some steps must be completed before certain stages of the building permit process. See below for more information and links, and download the Construction & Demolition Waste Tracking Requirements (pdf).
Visit MountainView.WasteTracking.com to create an account and submit your plan prior to building permit approval, or prior to construction/demolition if no permit required. There is no fee for this service.
When your project is complete and all weight tags have been uploaded, submit your final Waste Management Plan prior to scheduling your final inspection. Remember, you will not receive a final building inspection until your final plan is approved.
The City Council has designated Recology as the exclusive hauler for recycling or debris roll-off box services in our community. No other hauler may be used. There are exceptions for certain materials:
Visit Debris and Recycling Box Services for more information.
Plan for enough space for trash, recycling and compost containers that are accessible and conveniently located for users and collection vehicles. Don't forget to add space for restaurant tallow services if needed. The following worksheet must be filled out and included with initial plan submittals for all new development or redevelopment projects:
Keep in mind that State law requires all communities to divert at least 50 percent of their waste from the landfill by waste reduction, recycling, and composting activities. The State has identified that the lack of space and convenient access is a significant impediment to meeting this mandate.
The handout below has been developed to help you design and build an enclosure that helps our community meet the minimum 50 percent diversion requirement:
The widths and radii provided in this template is the minimum requirement for collection vehicles at all properties. Plan for a 43 foot turning radius and a commercial flange on all properties. This will also provide the needed space for parcel delivery trucks and moving vans.
Although other departments may have lesser requirements, remember that collection vehicles service properties weekly or more frequently and often under full load. Collection vehicles are larger and heavier than other vehicles, including fire trucks, and need a wider turning radius.
Building Division (Green Building Code, Permit Approval)
650-903-6313 • mountainview.gov/building
Land Development (Street Encroachment Permits for Roll-off Boxes)
650-903-6311 • mountainview.gov/landdevelopment
Planning Division (Enclosure Materials)
650-903-6306 • mountainview.gov/planning
Recycling & Zero Waste (Enclosure Guidelines, Construction & Demolition Waste Management Plans, Exclusive Hauler Requirements)
650-903-6311 • email@example.com
Recology (Roll-off Boxes, Scheduling Collections)
650-967-3034 • Boxes