Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling

Requirements for Construction and Demolition (C&D) Projects

The Construction and Demolition Waste Management Ordinance (PMC Chapter 8.62) requires that certain construction and demolition projects divert at least 75% of waste either through recycling, salvage or deconstruction.

The construction and demolition application must be approved prior to hauling any C&D debris. Failure to submit this application for approval and to comply with any provision of the C&D Waste Management Ordinance may result in forfeiture of the performance security deposit

Required documents:

Construction and Demolition Informational Brochure
Construction and Demolition Waste Management Compliance Report
Construction and Demolition Waste Management Plan
Refund Request Form

Guide to Pasadena’s Construction & Demolition Recycling Ordinance

Why is there a recycling ordinance? Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste represents a significant part of the solid waste stream, with current estimates at 20-30 percent of the total tonnage. Much of this material can be reused or recycled, conserving natural resources and saving valuable landfill space.

In response to State-mandated waste reduction goals, and as part of the City’s continued efforts to reduce landfilled tonnage, the City adopted the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Ordinance (Chapter 8.62 of PMC). The ordinance requires that certain demolition and/or construction projects divert at least 75 percent of waste either through recycling, salvage or deconstruction.

When a demolition or construction permit is requested, and the project falls under the “Covered Project” criteria, the applicant will receive a CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN that must be completed and approved.

What types of projects require C&D approval?

  • Tenant improvements of 1,000 sq. ft. or more
  • New structures of 120 sq. ft. or more
  • Demolition All
  • Residential additions All
  • Residential Remodels All

All City public works and construction projects which are awarded by competitive bid procedures established by Ch. 4.08 of the PMC.

What is required if my project needs C&D approval?

  • Complete and submit a C&D Waste Management plan application to Public Works for approval
  • Pay a refundable performance security deposit as follows:
    The greater of $1,000 or 3% of the valuation of the project, not to exceed $30,000 for building permits.
    The greater of $1,000 or $1 per square foot, not exceed $30,000 for demolition permits.
  • Pay an Administrative Review Fee. The amount is based on project type.
  • Submit a C&D Waste Management Final Report at project completion summarizing the actual percentage of debris recycled along with weight tickets from receiving facilities

What’s included in the C&D Waste management Plan Application?

  • estimated weight in tons of C&D debris that will be disposed
  • estimated weight in tons of C&D debris that will be recycled or reused
  • Hauler(s) that will be hauling C&D debris
  • Facility(ies) that will receive debris from the project

What is included in the C&D Waste management Final report?

  • Actual weight in tons of C&D debris that was disposed at a landfill
  • Actual weight in tons of C&D debris that was recycled
  • Copies of weight tickets from all facilities that received debris
  • explanation of how weights were determined
  • Actual project dates

Some C&D Recycling Facilities*

The mixed C&D processors in the area are listed on the C&D Waste Management Plan as a guide to assist you in accomplishing a minimum of 75% C&D diversion as required by Pasadena Municipal Code 8.62. Please contact the facilities to obtain their current recycling rates.

*Disclaimer: The City of Pasadena is providing this list as a service to its residents and not as an endorsement nor a recommendation of any product, service, merchant, supplier or business. Residents may use the list as an initial contact if they wish, as they would use the names in a telephone directory, but residents must then make their own investigation on the suitability of any product for its intended use as well as the determination of whether to do business with any specific merchant or supplier. Neither the City of Pasadena nor any of its employees makes any warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular pose in providing this listing service.


Frequently Asked questions

Why is there a deposit and fee?
A refundable Performance Security Deposit is required to ensure that at least 75% of the waste generated from the project is recycled or reused.

How do I get my deposit back?
The Performance Security Deposit is refunded once a C&D Waste Management Final Report is received confirming at least 75% of the debris generated was recycled or reused.

Won’t my project price increase because salvage and recycling are more labor intensive than disposal?
Not necessarily. Many C&D processing facilities are able to recycle waste received as mixed debris. You may be able to donate or sell some salvaged materials such as metals, fixtures and architectural items.