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


Sixty 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 tags with Menlo Park as the city of origin.
  3. Ensure that facility tags do not say MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) or garbage. No recycling credit will be provided.
  4. Apply for a refund within time restrictions:
    • Demolition: 60 days after project completion
    • Construction: Condition of final inspection
Deposit refunds can take 6-8 weeks to be processed.

Additional information


For more information, contact the Community Development Department at 650-330-6704. You can also find more information from the San Mateo County RecycleWorks Program by calling 888-442-2666.