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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Sustainable Consumption and Waste
no. 22

Increase waste prevention, reuse and recycling, moving to a lower-consumption, more cyclical, biological approach to materials management.
  Best Practice Action 8      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ]       [all actions]

Adopt a construction and demolition ordinance governing demolition permits that requires a level of recycling and reuse for building materials and soil/land-clearing debris.

Summarize your ordinance, which should use a categorization such as unregulated fill, unregulated fill with debris, regulated fill managed on-site govern commercial projects over 25,000 sq. ft. and industrial projects over 100,000 sq. ft.
Adopt an ordinance for commercial projects under 25,000 sq. ft. and industrial projects under 100,000 sq. ft.
Include ordinance language that addresses green demolition/deconstruction of buildings. For example, for construction projects larger than 5,000 sq. feet; at least 5% reuse of material, at least 70% recycled/diverted (which is easily achieved with concrete from a house's foundation, sidewalk, driveway).


Date action report first entered:   10/23/2014
Date of last report update:   10/23/2014

Implementation details:
This ordinance addresses demolition permits and mandates levels of reuse for materials and soils.

Descriptive links: https://www.municode.com/library/mn/northfield/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIINOCO_CH16BUBURE_ARTIVDE_S16-42PERE

For more information contact:
Tim Behrendt (City staff)   |   tim.behrendt@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3027

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Date action report first entered:   10/17/2013

Implementation details:
Rochester has a strict regulation for construction sites to enforce the seperation of recycled materials and waste. "Subs. 4. Construction Sites. Generators of Solid Waste at Construction Sites must ensure the separation of Mixed Municipal Solid Waste and Recyclable Materials either on-site or through the use of a service provider offering such separation. Disposal of Construction Debris and Demolition Debris must be in accordance with a facility’s approved Industrial Solid Waste Management Plan. Any Solid Waste generated at construction sites shall be placed in acceptable containers as specified in this Ordinance. No burning, burying or dumping of Solid Waste generated at construction sites shall occur at locations other than permitted facilities, including brush and tree waste. "

Descriptive links: page 7 http://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/environmentalresources/garbagerecycling/Documents/7%20May%201%202013%20SW%20ORD%2010%20Final.pdf

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Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   12/23/2014
Date of last report update:   12/23/2014

Implementation details:
The City’s Ordinance 01 74 19 covers general requirements for construction or demolition waste management and disposal. The City also has a construction or demolition waste management plan form that accompanies every spec sheet for projects.

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Fergus Falls pending

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
Otter Tail County has these ordinances in place. The City of Fergus Falls is researching this option.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

Otter Tail County

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New Hope pending

Date action report first entered:   04/08/2015
Date of last report update:   04/08/2015

Implementation details:
It is practice for city staff to make an effort to re-use or donate any appliances from city-owned scattered site housing properties prior to demolition. The refrigerator at 6046 West Broadway was salvaged and installed at the city pool and the stove was donated to Habitat for Humanity.

For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

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Sartell pending

Date action report first entered:   12/08/2017
Date of last report update:   12/08/2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City has ordinances which govern construction sites and proper waste disposal, hazardour material disposal, and requirements of proper disposal of all other debris. See page 168 in the link provided"Pollution Prevention Management" in the City's Zoning Regulations.

Descriptive links: http://www.sartellmn.com/Websites/sartellmn/images/Title%2010%20Zoning%20Regulations.pdf

For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff)   |   nate.keller@sartellmn.com   |   320-258-7316

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city

greenstep advisor
Tim Farnan, Waste Prevention Specialist, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651/757-2348, timothy.farnan@state.mn.us, http://www.pca.state.mn.us/ktqh87d