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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).


Project Compliance

  • 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
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