Construction and Demolition Waste Reduction and Recycling
The California Green Building Standards Code ("CalGreen" Sections 4.408, 5.408, and 5.713.8) requires that certain types of projects recycle or otherwise divert construction and demolition waste from landfills.
The City requires contractors and other construction personnel to submit and obtain approval of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan (WRRP) to verify that they will recycle, reuse, and/or salvage for reuse a minimum of 65% of their nonhazardous construction and demolition waste.
For more information about the Construction and Demolition Waste Reduction and Recycling program and how to comply please contact the Building Division at (949) 362-4360.
- All newly constructed building and demolition projects which require a permit.
- Non-residential: All permitted additions and alterations. Universal waste (such as batteries, e-waste, lamps, cathode raytubes/glass and aerosol cans) from non-residential additions of 1,000 ft or greater and/or building alterations with a permit valuation of $200,000 or above require verification that materials are properly disposed and diverted from landfills (CALGreen Section 301.3). In order to comply with this requirement, on one of the first three pages of the construction drawings submitted to the City for a building permit, please identify the list of universal waste materials that need to be diverted from the landfill and the location of where the materials will be disposed.
- Residential: All permitted additions and alterations that increase the structure's conditioned area, volume, or size.
- All demolition only projects.
Submit the following to the Building Division:
- A completed Construction and Demolition Waste Reduction and Recycling Packet.
- A Refundable fee project-specific deposit.
- $250 - re-roof of non-residential structures
- $500 - qualifying non-residential alterations
- $750 - qualifying addition to existing residential or non-residential buildings
- $1,000 - all newly constructed building and demolition projects which require a permit
An applicant can comply with the Ordinance by using the City's Franchise Waste Hauler, CR&R, self-haul to a City approved recycling facility, or if the project meets the Waste Stream Reduction Alternative (new construction only).