To meet reporting requirements, a contractor for an Affected Project must submit an online Construction Recycling Report. This report is due when the Contractor requests a Final Building Inspection. Haulers and facilities receiving the debris can provide the information a contractor needs to complete the report.
Contact information for general contractor and owner
Permit numbers, floor area, location address
Tons of materials landfilled
Tons of material diverted from landfilling
Weight ticket summary or Qualified Processor report
If you have weight tickets but no weight summary, you can download this spreadsheet. You will enter the weight ticket information to develop your own summary, which you will use to fill out the online report.
Frequently Asked Questions about Reporting
A construction project can have several permits – a separate one for each construction phase or each structure at the same location. Does the ordinance require a separate report for each permit?
The contractor working on a project with several permits has several reporting options. A report is required for each affected permit; however, the contractor can combine information from several affected permits into one report. To do so, the contractor will enter information for all of the permits in one online report.
For projects with multiple permits, some of the permits may be affected and others not, such as permits for less than 5,000 square feet or for demolition. In this case, are reports required for the unaffected permits as well?
Reports are not required for the unaffected permits; however, the contractor may find that including information for the unaffected permits is simpler. This may be the case, for example, when the private hauler’s reports don’t distinguish between debris from affected and unaffected permits. A contractor that reports tons of materials from the entire project should include the permit numbers and floor areas for the unaffected permits in the report as well.
When is the report due for a project with multiple permits?
The report is normally due when a contractor requests the Final Inspection. For projects with multiple permits, a contractor usually requests separate Final Inspections for each permit. In that case, before requesting the first Final Inspection, the contractor should save (but not submit) a report with all the permit numbers. That way, the Report will be due when the contractor requests the Final Inspection for the last permit.
What is a “weight ticket summary” or "Qualified Processor report" and who provides them?
Usually, your private haulers will provide summaries of the loads of construction debris removed from the jobsite. These summaries will list for each load of debris the date, ticket number, and weights of material landfilled or diverted from the landfill.
If a Qualified Processor sorted commingled construction debris from the project, the Qualified Processor will provide a summary report of the total tons processed and the facility’s average diversion rate.
If you have weight tickets but no summary, download this spreadsheet and enter the weight ticket information to develop your own summary.
What if less than 50% of the construction debris generated by the project is recyclable in the Austin area?
Affected Projects that are unable to meet the requirements of the ordinance because of the nature of the debris can request a waiver. In that case, the online report will prompt the contractor to provide the following information:
Description of good faith effort to minimize landfilling
Reasons why the project didn’t meet 50% diversion
Does this ordinance require recycling of hazardous materials produced by a project?
The ordinance specifically exempts Special Waste and Hazardous Material, including asbestos-containing material and lead-containing material. Contractors should ensure those materials are handled in accordance with appropriate local and state regulations.