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Building Department

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).


Projects required to comply with C&D Program

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 less than 250 square feet in size

Projects which have a valuation of less than $10,000.00

Projects, which involve a roof, but the tear-off of the existing roof, is not required.

The construction of new fencing.

Single family dwelling (SFD), on a single lot, and not part of a subdivision project, which obtains a construction and demolition Drop Off Box (DOB) Service for the project from a solid waste hauler that holds a franchise for solid waste disposal issued by the City and using that service for the disposal of all construction and demolition waste from the project that is not reused or recycled at the site of the project.  Additionally, this exception shall not apply to SFD with a valuation of $500,000.00 or more, or which exceeds 5,500 square feet, whichever is less.

Construction or demolition work that the Solid Waste Coordinator determines will not produce construction or demolition waste.



C&D Information Sheet

C&D Approved Facilities and Franchise Waste Haulers



C&D Materials Conversion Worksheet

C&D Waste Plan

C&D Report Summary

C&D Refund Request


Tips to manage C&D materials at the job site

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

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