Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 22.8

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

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.

1 star Report recycling/reuse practices; 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.
2 star Adopt an ordinance for commercial projects under 25,000 sq. ft. and industrial projects under 100,000 sq. ft.
3 star Facilitate house moves; 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).

Who's doing it

Northfield - 3 star
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This ordinance addresses demolition permits and mandates levels of reuse for materials and soils.
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Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
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New Hope - 1 star
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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. Appliances were retained from the property the EDA acquired at 5212 Pennsylvania Avenue North and utilized as part of the rehabilitation project at 3924 Utah Avenue North in 2019.
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Jeff Alger (City staff) | jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us | 763-531-5119
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Rochester - 1 star
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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. "
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Saint Paul - 1 star
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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
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Otter Tail County has these ordinances in place. The City of Fergus Falls is researching this option.
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Len Taylor (City staff) | len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us | 218-332-5418
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Sartell - Pending
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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.
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Nate Keller (City staff) | nate.keller@sartellmn.com | 320-258-7316
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