Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling Program
The City of San Juan Capistrano has established a Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Recycling Program per San Juan Municipal Code, Title 6, Chapter 3, Sections 6-3.08 through 6-3.08.10 to help in diverting C&D waste from landfills and also to comply with mandates of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the California Green Building Standards (CalGreen).
- Every demolition, remodeling and construction project subject recycle, reuse, or divert from the landfills or disposal sites a minimum of 65% of designated recyclable and reusable materials:
- Newly constructed buildings and demolition projects
- All permitted additions and alterations to non-residential buildings or structures
- Additions and alterations to residential buildings that increase the structure’s conditioned area, volume, or size
- Reroofing of homes
- Construction and remodeling
- Land clearing. One hundred (100) percent of excavated soil and land clearing debris generated from every applicable non-residential construction, remodeling, or demolition project shall be diverted from going to landfills by using recycling, reuse, and diversion programs, unless somehow contaminated.
- Work for which only a plumbing, electrical, or mechanical permit is required
- Seismic tie-down projects
- Installation of prefabricated patio enclosures and covers when no foundation or other structural building modifications are required
- Installation of prefabricated accessories such as signs or antennas where no structural building modifications are required
- Projects, which involve a roof, but the tear-off of the existing roof, is not required.
- The construction of new fencing
- Construction or demolition work that the Solid Waste Coordinator determines will not produce construction or demolition waste.
C&D Management Tips
- Determine recycling, salvage, reuse and disposal options before the job begins
- Consider deconstruction instead of mechanical demolition
- Reuse materials such as fixtures and doors
- Donate materials that can be reused to charities and nonprofit agencies
- Place advertisements in local newspapers announcing salvageable and reusable materials for sale or donation
- Choose a recycling facility based on its fees and geographic proximity to your job site
- Educate contractors regarding your waste management plan
- Clearly identify recycling areas with large signs
- Place recycling bins in areas that will minimize misuse or contamination by employees and the public