Do I need a permit for demolition?
Demolition permits are required by each city in Ramsey County prior to demolition of any structure.
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Where can I dispose of C&D?
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Is C&D waste exempt from the County Environmental Charge (CEC)?
Construction and demolition waste is exempt from the County Environmental Charge (CEC) only if the waste does not require disposal at a mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) facility.
When is C&D waste subject to the CEC?
Waste from a construction, remodeling, or demolition site might be rejected at a C&D transfer station or landfill if it contains too much MSW. MSW includes items such as garbage from lunch (food, packaging, napkins, pop bottles or cans), trash bags, or carpeting, furniture, or other household garbage.
If a load is rejected as C&D waste, it must go to a MSW facility. Waste from Ramsey County that is disposed of as MSW is subject to the County Environmental Charge (CEC).
What would it cost if C&D waste turns out to be MSW?
The CEC is a service charge paid by the person generating the waste, and added to the cost of handling, hauling and disposing of any waste that is MSW. The actual charge is a percentage of the total cost for hauler services. The CEC rate will also depend on if the waste is from a residential or non-residential (commercial, industrial, etc.) setting. The current CEC rates are: residential site - 28% | non-residential site - 53%
Tips to keep loads clean
- Use a tarp to cover the waste container when not in use. For a small fee, some haulers might charge customers a deposit for a tarp and show customers how to secure the tarp to keep unwanted materials out.
- Offer employee incentives (free lunch, year-end bonus, employee picnic, etc.), or customer discounts to encourage clean loads and avoid paying the CEC.
- Provide clearly labeled containers nearby for recyclable materials (cans and bottles) and for garbage and other MSW.
- Secure the job site and avoid leaving waste containers on the street over the weekend.
- Remove the waste immediately after the job is done.
Definitions from the Ramsey County Solid Waste Ordinance (pdf)
Construction Debris: waste building materials, packaging, and rubble resulting from construction, remodeling, repair, and demolition of buildings and roads.
Demolition Debris: solid waste resulting from the demolition of buildings, roads, and other man-made structures, including concrete, brick, bituminous concrete, untreated wood, masonry, glass, trees and tree trimmings, rock, plastic building parts, and other inert waste materials which has been approved in writing by the Department. Demolition debris does not include asbestos wastes.
Mixed Municipal Solid Waste (MSW): garbage, refuse, and other solid waste from residential, commercial, industrial, and community activities that the generator of the waste aggregates for collection, but does not include auto hulks, street sweepings, ash, construction debris, mining waste, sludges, tree and agricultural wastes, tires, lead acid batteries, used oil, and other materials collected, processed, and disposed of as separate waste streams.
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