County Considers Increases to Construction & Demolition Regulations

By Matt Adams
Stricter recycling requirements for construction and demolition materials could be in store for San Diego County.  The new rules are seen as a key component of the County’s goal to increase waste diversion from 62% to 80% by 2030.


The new rules would eliminate the current 40,000 sq. ft. threshold and instead require all construction and demolition projects, all non-residential remodeling and residential additions and alterations to divert construction material. The goal would be a 65% overall C&D materials diversion that would ultimately increase to 75% when certain conditions are met. Applicants would have a variety of diversion options to meet the new mandates such as reuse on-site or salvage for off-site reuse, donations or sale of materials and the use of an approved C&D hauler to deliver C&D to a certified C&D transfer or recycling facility. A stakeholder group will meet Tuesday afternoon to provide industry feedback on the proposal.