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Waste Management Plans and Tracking Tools

Web based tools can save contractors time and money by helping to identify materials that can be recycled, locate the nearest recycling facilities, track recycling progress in real-time, and generate comprehensive statistics and reports for projects, clients, companies, government, and green rating systems such as LEED and GreenPoint Rated.

StopWaste has worked with Waste Tracking (formerly Green Halo Systems) on development of electronic waste management tracking tools. Visit for an overview of the services and tools they offer.

A simple, paper-based debris recovery plan template is available as well.


Waste Generation Estimates for Residential and Commercial Construction Projects

In 2017, StopWaste analyzed 2,000 construction and demolition waste management plans from 5 Alameda County cities for the years 2014-2017.  Data analysis included tons generated (disposed + recycled), project square footage, as well as project and building types.  Chart below provides estimates for construction and demolition waste generation based on building and project type.

C&D Waste Generation (lb/sq ft) for 10 most common Building/Project Types1

Building Type Project Type Median lb/sqft Low end2 lb/sqft High end3 lb/sqft
Commercial Demolition/Deconstruction 10.0 1.5 43.5
Commercial New Construction 14.8 2.6 59.3
Commercial Remodel 6.9 1.9 20.1
Commercial Repair/Reconstruction 10.0 1.5 43.5
Commercial Tenant Improvement 3.8 1.2 11.6
Multi-Family New Construction 6.0 3.6 10.8
Office Tenant Improvement 2.3 1.0 6.1
Residential New Construction 7.3 3.9 14.6
Residential Remodel 24.6 9.0 67.4
Retail Tenant Improvement 6.4 1.7 17.6


  1 Data collected from 5 Alameda County cities, utilizing Waste Management Plan data 
  2 20th percentile 
  3 80th percentile