Construction & Demolition (C&D) Recycling Introduction

Are you building in the unincorporated section of San Mateo County? If so, you may be required to fill out a Waste Management Plan. If you are building in a city in San Mateo County, check the recycling requirements in your city.

Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste is a significant and growing part of the disposed waste stream in California; it makes up approximately 28% of the disposed waste. C&D materials are generated in the construction and demolition of residential and commercial buildings, roads, tenant improvements and remodels, landscaping and site clearing activities.

Reducing the amount of C&D materials disposed in the landfill will help San Mateo County jurisdictions meet California's AB939 waste reduction mandate. Salvaging, reusing, and recycling C&D materials can reduce disposal costs, extend the life of landfills, save natural resources and create jobs.

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Components of C&D Waste

The average composition of construction and demolition waste, as disposed is illustrated in the following chart. Most of these materials could be diverted from disposal and either reused or recycled.

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Average Composition of Construction and Demolotion Waste: Wood 27.4%, Asphalt/Concrete/Brink/Dirt 23.3%, Drywall 13.4%, Roofing 12%, Metal 8.8%, Cardboard Paper 2.7%, Plastics .5%, Miscellaneous 11.9%

To find recycling facilities, salvage yards and debris box companies, visit the Recycling Database and search under "Construction."