Construction and demolition

Approximately 22 percent of the state's waste stream is comprised of construction and demolition debris. Menlo Park's construction and demolition ordinance reduces the city's contribution of this debris to local landfills.

Ordinance recycling requirements


State mandate requires 65 percent of the project's anticipated debris must be diverted. The anticipated debris is determined by the Community Development Department, but is typically as follows:
  • Demolition (typical): 40 pounds per square foot
  • Demolition with tile roof: 47 pounds per sure foot
  • New construction: 4 pounds per square foot
  • Wood only (such as deck): 2 pounds per square foot
Up to 35 percent of this debris can be inerts (concrete and asphalt). Separate calculations for demolition and construction portions of an applicable project.

Obtaining a refund


  1. Complete a construction and demolition deposit request form for each deposit. If you have salvaged material, use the salvaged materials form and attach it to the deposit form.
  2. Submit original facility weight tags with the correct Menlo Park project site as the origin. Ensure that facility tags do not say MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) or garbage. No recycling credit will be provided.
  3. Please include a copy of the construction/demolition debris recycling calculation of deposit sheet from Building Division.
  4. Apply for a refund within time restrictions:
    • Demolition: 60 days after project completion
    • Construction: Condition of final inspection
Please keep weight tags from construction portion of the job separate from demolition portion to avoid confusion and delay.

Deposit refunds can take 6-8 weeks to be processed. Applications that exceed the 60 days for demolition refunds will not be accepted.

Additional information


For more information, contact the Community Development Department. You can also find more information from the San Mateo County RecycleWorks Program.