Debris Recycling

Waste Reduction & Recycling Plan
The Town of Hillsborough is required by state law to divert 50% of its waste from landfills. As an estimated 20-30% of all landfill debris originates from demolition and construction projects, Hillsborough requires applicants for demolition and building permits to execute and adhere to a Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan (the plan). When demolishing a home and constructing a new one, a separate plan is required for each project. The plan indicates how the contractor will maximize the recycling of debris and other waste generated during demolition, new construction, remodel, roofing, landscape and other construction projects. This includes specifying the facilities to which all salvaged items, source separated debris and mixed debris will be hauled.

Inspections & Violations
At the completion of the job but before the final inspection is granted, the contractor must document compliance with the recycling ordinance by submitting all recycling and disposal facility weight tickets and, if applicable, salvage receipts. Final inspections will not be completed until all documentation has been submitted. In addition, violation of any of the following provisions shall subject the violator to a penalty of up to ten times the demolition or building permit fee:
  • Performing demolition or construction work without having an approved Waste Reduction Plan
  • Failure to comply with an Waste Reduction Plan
  • Failure to provide all required documentation prior to final inspection