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 Waste Plan
In order to submit your C&D Waste Plan application, a permit # must have been assigned to your project. Please have the project information along with permit # ready to answer questions on the electronic form. Follow the link below to complete your C&D Waste Plan Application.
NOTE: The C&D Waste Plan Application is not used to request a refund on a deposit that has already been paid. To request a refund on your construction project, please follow the C&D Refund Request instructions below.
C&D Refund Request - (Final Report & Compliance)
Within sixty (60) days following the completion of a demolition or construction project, the contractor shall, as a condition precedent to final inspection and to issuance of any certificate of occupancy, submit documentation to the Solid Waste Coordinator, which proves compliance with the requirements of Section 6-3.08.01 of Chapter 3 of Title 6 of the San Juan Capistrano Municipal Code. Any deposit posted pursuant to Section 6-3.08.03 shall be forfeited if the permittee does not meet the timely reporting requirements of this section. (Ord. No. 887, § 3).
You must complete and email the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- C&D Final Report & Compliance (Form must be completed in it's entirety. This PDF form has a formula built in to automatically compute the calculations of diversion percentage.)
- Copies of weight receipts & other acceptable documentation (Please scan or take clear photos of receipts/documents)
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