How to Recycle Construction and Demolition (C&D) Material

The City's Construction and Demolition Ordinance outlines the parameters of the Waste Management Program, implemented to maximize recycling efforts related to construction and demolition activities within the City.  To familiarize yourself with the Ordinance, click here.

Construction and Demolition (C&D) materials should be sent to an approved recycling facility. All C&D projects bound by the requirements of a Waste Management Plan (WMP) must use the approved haulers and/or recycling facilities chosen in the WMP.

Construction material such as concrete, bricks, drywall, lumber, etc., must be removed by the contractor or you may rent temporary construction containers by authorized private haulers. Please refer to the list of approved haulers.

Continue the Process:
  1. Submit a Waste Management Plan for Approval

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    During the permit application process, you will need to submit a Waste Management Plan if it is determined that the valuation of your construction project is at least $50,000 or if the total square footage of your project is equal to or greater than 1,000 sq. ft.  In addition, ALL demolition projects require a Waste Management Plan, regardless of their valuation or square footage.

    To download a copy of the Waste Management Plan instructions, click here.

    To download a copy of the Waste Management Plan, click here.

  2. Pay the Performance Security Deposit

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    Instructions on payment of the Performance Security Deposit can be viewed here.

     

  3. Document Your Recycling Efforts

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    During construction or demolition activities, take the debris to one of the approved recycling facilities, using one of the approved haulers.

    To see a list of the City's approved recycling facilities, click here.  To see a list of the City's approved haulers, click here.

    Collect receipts from the facility which collected or received each material showing the actual weight or volume of that material with the address of the project site;

    Collect weight slips/count of material salvaged or reused in current project;

    Log the actual volume or weight of each material diverted and landfilled on a copy of the previously approved WMP for the project;

    Log any additional information the applicant believes is relevant to determining its efforts to comply in good faith with the Ordinance.

    Applicants shall ensure that all C&D material diverted or landfilled are measured and recorded using the most accurate method of measurement available.  To the extent practical, all C&D material shall be weighted by measurement on scales.  Such scales shall be in compliance with all State and County regulatory requirements for accuracy and maintenance.  For C&D material for which weighing is not practical due to small size or other considerations, a volumetric measurement shall be used. For conversion of volumetric measurements by weight, the applicant shall use the standardized conversion rates approved by the City for this purpose.

  4. Submit Your Final Compliance Report Within 30 Days of Project Completion

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    Submit the Final Compliance Report for approval,  along with all required supporting documentation, to cdwaste@santamonica.gov within 30 days of the final inspection sign-off by a City employee, or of the the Certificate of Occupancy date.

    The Waste Management Plan will be reviewed and a staff member will contact you with any necessary clarification of your submission.

  5. Complete the Refund Form

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    Once your submission has been approved, you will be sent a refund form to complete that will note the final refund amount, dependent on the level of diversion attained.

    Fill in the requested information and return the refund form to cdwaste@santamonica.gov for final processing.

    If the Performance Security Deposit was paid by credit card, the refund will be applied to the credit card it was paid with.  If paid with a check, or if the credit card transaction falls outside the refund timeframe, a check will be processed and mailed out.

    We want to thank you for doing your part by recycling your construction materials.