Waste Management Plan

The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939) requires each local jurisdiction to divert 50% of its waste from landfills.

In an effort to comply with AB 939, on December 8, 2003, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1055, the C&D Waste Management Plan Ordinance of the City of Bellflower. The ordinance requires diversion, via reuse or recycling, of 100% of all inert debris, such as concrete and dirt, and 50% of the remaining C&D debris generated by all construction and renovation projects whose total cost, or projected cost are greater than or equal to $50,000. On September 13, 2010, the City Council amended the C&D Ordinance to include all demolition projects of any valuation. Applicants for such projects are required to submit a Waste Management Plan (WMP) prior to being issued a building or demolition permit. Furthermore, on January 1, 2017, all owners and builders of construction projects will be required to divert 65 percent of the construction waste materials generated during the project.

The purpose of the WMP is to identify the following:

  1. the estimated volume or weight of C&D debris that will be generated;
  2. the maximum volume or weight of C&D materials that can be diverted via reuse or recycling;
  3. the vendor or facility that will be used to collect or receive the C&D material;
  4. the estimated volume or weight of C&D materials that will be landfilled; and
  5. any special or specific activities that the applicant will use to comply with the ordinance.

Applicants for covered projects, whose project cost is greater than or equal to $150,000 are required to submit a refundable deposit equal to 3% of the total project cost.

To gain final approval of building and demolition permits subject to the requirements of the ordinance, a project applicant must submit documentation to the City within 30 days of the project’s completion indicating that the diversion requirement has been met.

Documentation includes receipts from the vendor or facility which collected or received the applicant’s C&D materials showing the weight or volume of materials collected, a copy of the approved WMP for the project adding the actual volume or weight of each material diverted and landfilled, and any additional information that the applicant believes is relevant to determining its efforts to comply in good faith with the requirements of the ordinance.

A project applicant may apply for an exemption from the C&D diversion requirements, if he or she experiences unique circumstances that make it infeasible to comply. The WMP Compliance Official will determine whether to approve or deny exemption requests.

A violation of the C&D Ordinance would constitute a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00, or by imprisonment in county jail for a period not to exceed 6 months.

Application for Waste Management Plan

What is a Waste Management Plan?

Why is a Waste Management Plan required?

When is a Waste Management Plan required?

Who is required to complete the Waste Management Plan?

Is there a fee or security deposit associated with the plan?

When is the deposit refunded?

What happens if the diversion requirements of the plan are not met?

How do I document compliance with the Waste Management Plan?

Where can I find a facility to accept my construction and demolition waste?