Recycling/Reuse Requirements for Construction and Demolition Waste

SPU is testing, certifying, and publicly posting a list of the facilities handling materials correctly.  This way you can easily choose places in compliance with the material bans, which will ensure you are in compliance.

You can increase your chances of successfully recycling or reusing materials by thinking ahead about how much sorting space your site can handle, the various materials that might be produced from your project, and where you might take them. This planning will also reduce the unexpected inconvenience of being turned away from a facility that no longer accepts banned materials. This is why DPD now requires all projects with a work area greater than 750 square feet to provide a waste diversion plan with the permit application. This plan provides a list of certified facilities where you can take your assumed materials, and helps identify who might do the hauling.

If your 750-square-foot project involves demolition of some sort, you’ll also need to submit a deconstruction and salvage assessment. The assessment looks more closely at which of the materials identified on the waste diversion plan could possibly be salvaged. Perhaps the local salvage retailer will purchase a stack of 2x4s…or maybe a neighbor wants to install your unwanted kitchen cabinets in their garage.

Once your project has received final inspection approval, you have 60 days to submit a waste diversion report to SPU identifying the weight of each material produced by the project, where they were taken, and who actually did the hauling.

DPD will post revisions of the following Tips in January. They will provide information on these new construction and demolition waste requirements.

The following bullets highlight the information that will be provided in specific Tips:

  • All Tips provide basic DPD submittal requirements associated with the material requirements.
  • Tips 303, 316, and 337 will provide some background on Seattle’s landfill bans and facility certification for those businesses in compliance.
  • Tip 303 will provide examples of a completed waste diversion plan and deconstruction and salvage assessment.
  • All Tips, except Tip 309, will provide directions on how to submit the waste diversion report to SPU once construction is complete.
  • Tip 337 will provide additional information on salvaged material: where you can take it, who the local salvage retailers are, and other helpful resources.

Additional revisions made to these Tips clarify existing permit processes and update some process areas where the DPD Project Portal is now available for use.

For more information about the waste recycling and reuse requirements, contact:

Kathleen Petrie
(206) 615-0541
kathleen.petrie@seattle.gov