Construction & Demolition Recycling Program

Waste is generated every time a building is constructed, remodeled or demolished. This waste is known as Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris. C&D debris often contains bulky, heavy materials, including concrete, wood, asphalt (from driveways and roofing shingles), gypsum (the main component of drywall), metals, bricks, and plastics. C&D debris also includes salvageable building components such as doors, windows, and plumbing fixtures. Much of this C&D debris can easily be recycled or reused rather than disposed.

C&D recycling is a critical part of the City’s continuing effort to comply with the State’s mandate requiring all cities to recycle 50% of all their waste. C&D debris constitutes well over 30% of the total waste generated in the City. Approximately 85% of C&D debris is currently recyclable, making it the most easily recycled type of waste in the waste stream.

Many cities, including La Cañada Flintridge, developed C&D debris recycling programs to help prevent recyclable debris from ending up in our limited local landfills. Chapter 9.14 of the Municipal Code requires building permit applicants with projects over 1,000 square feet or more (including demolition/remodels) to submit a Building Debris Management Report and a Performance Security.  The Performance Security amount is calculated at the lesser of 3% of the project cost or $10,000. The Performance Security is refunded if the applicant can document that at least 50% of the project debris is reused or recycled. Click here for the current list of authorized waste haulers that have a Service Agreement with the City. When contacting them, it is important to confirm that at least 50% of the C&D debris from your project will be recycled based on the particular type of C&D debris to be generated and the services to be provided.

Effective March 21, 2017, Green Building Standard Code requires that applicants provide documentation showing that a minimum of 65% of non-hazardous construction and demolition (C&D) debris will be salvaged, recycled, or re-used.

The City prohibits self-hauling by contractors and contracting with waste haulers other than those that have a Service Agreement with the City.
La Cañada Flintridge Municipal Code (LCFMC) Section 9.12.120 specifies that it is a misdemeanor for non-permitted waste haulers to collect waste within the City. Fines of up to $500 per day may be assessed as long as the unauthorized collection continues (§9.12.020 & §1.04.010 La Cañada Flintridge Municipal Code).