Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling

On February 23, 2016 the County of El Dorado Board of Supervisors adopted a new Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Ordinance (Chapter 8.43).  The new ordinance is in response to new requirements of the California Green Building Standards Code, California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 11 (CalGreen) which mandates that at least 50% of Construction & Demolition (C&D) Debris generated from permitted projects be diverted from being landfilled.

Note: Effective 1/1/2017, CalGreen will change to increase the mandated diversion rate from 50% to 65%.


The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939) requires each city and county to divert 50% of its solid waste by the year 2000. 

The California Global Warming Act of 2006, Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32) mandates greenhouse gas emissions reduction and led to the implementation of the CalGreen which defines criteria for C&D debris management and diversion. Additionally, the State has implemented other laws (AB 341 & AB 1826) to help the State meet a diversion goal of 75% by the year 2020. 

Also, the El Dorado County Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) has a goal to increase county waste diversion to 75% by 2020, reducing greenhouse gas emission, promoting sustainability, and meeting state law requirements. Currently, about 68% of the waste generated within the County is diverted from being landfilled. 

Adoption of a new C&D Debris Recycling Ordinance that includes CalGreen standards for the reuse and recycling of C&D debris is essential to meet the County ‘s 75% diversion goal and to help the state reach its 75% diversion goal.  

Projects Affected by the C&D Debris Recycling Ordinance 

The C&D Debris Recycling Ordinance applies to all residential and non-residential (commercial) projects in the unincorporated areas of the County that require a building permit.  Examples include, but are not limited to (some exemptions apply):

  • New building being constructed
  • Demolition of a building or out outbuilding
  • Projects that increases the building’s area, volume, or size
  • Tenant improvement 

What is Required? 

Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Acknowledgement:  All building permit applicants must complete Section 6 of the Building Permit Application “Construction and Demolition Debris Acknowledgement”.  In this section, the application will identify the Option they will be using to comply with the C&D Debris Recycling Ordinance.  There are three options: 


Option 1: Use a County Franchise Waste Management Company 

Option 2: Utilize the Waste Stream Reduction Alternative 

Option 3: Waste Management Plan and Reporting

Click here for a quick overview of each of the options.(PDF, 248KB)


Click here to view the Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Program Guidebook(PDF, 5MB) which includes a detailed description each option, a guide on how to fill out the Waste Management Plan and Reports.