In November 2015, the Austin City Council approved the Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance and administrative rules to increase reuse and recycling of materials from construction and demolition projects. The ordinance is modeled after the City’s Green Building efforts and is consistent with the City's Zero Waste goal and the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan.

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Affected Projects

Now in Effect – Construction Projects

Initially, the ordinance affects contractors working on certain construction (not demolition) projects. Projects that meet both of these conditions will be affected:

  • Permit application submitted on or after Oct. 1, 2016
  • Permit includes more than 5,000 square feet of new, added or remodeled floor area

Future Requirements – Commercial Demolition Projects

As of October 1, 2019, commercial demolition projects of all sizes also have to meet the ordinance requirements.

Ordinance Requirements

Diversion Requirements

General contractors for Affected Projects must do at least one of the following:

  • Divert from the landfill at least 50 percent of the construction project debris.
  • Dispose no more than 2.5 pounds of material per square foot of floor area in the landfill.

There are several options for hauling and processing construction debris.

Reporting Requirements

When a general contractor requests a Final Building Inspection for an Affected Project, the contractor must report how much construction debris was landfilled, reused or recycled. Contractors failing to report are subject to a Class C misdemeanor.

Waivers and Penalties

A general contractor who is unable to meet the ordinance requirements for an Affected Project can request a waiver through the online reporting system. The contractor must show that there was a good faith effort to meet the ordinance diversion requirements.    

A general contractor whose Affected Project did not meet the requirements and who does not have an approved waiver is subject to a Class C misdemeanor. Contractors must keep waiver documentation for two years.