Construction & Demolition Debris
Mandatory Recycling of Construction and Demolition Debris
Effective July 1, 2008, debris from construction and demolition projects must be diverted from landfill disposal in the City of Chula Vista. The Mandatory Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Ordinance (CVMC 8.25.095) requires that 100% of inert materials and a minimum of 50% of all other materials be recycled and/or reused from certain "covered" projects.
Covered projects (as described below) must submit to the Environmental Services Division: 1) a Waste Management Report (WMR), which must be reviewed and approved prior to the issuance of a demolition or building permit. The WMR form will indicate how you will recycle and/or reuse 100% of inert materials and at least 50% of the remaining construction and demolition debris generated from the project. See the two lists of recyclable construciton and demolition materials below; 2) a Performance Deposit, which can be paid with cash, or check, or surety bond if the Performance Deposit is calculated at $10,000 or more. See CVMC 8.25.095 for details.
Recycle and/or reuse 100% of inert material
Recycle and/or reuse 50% of other materials
- Mixed inerts (mixed items must be taken to an approved mixed processing facility)
- Landscape and brush clearing debris (brush, trees, stumps, etc.)
- Cabinets, doors, fixtures, windows
- Carpet (padding/foam only)
- Ceiling tile (acoustic)
- Drywall (used)
- Drywall (new, unpainted, or scrap)
- Mixed debris (consists of a mix of any materials in this list)
- Roofing materials
- Scrap metal
- Unpainted wood & pallets
The following projects will be required to submit a Waste Management
Report and Performance Deposit
prior to permit issuance:
- Any project requiring a permit for demoltion or construction, which has a project valuation of $20,000 or more.
- Housing subdivision construction or demolition and/or any sequenced development will be considered a "project" in its entirety and not a series of individual projects.
- Individually built single-family homes (no deposit required.)
- All City projects (no deposit required.)
A WMR form and Performance Deposit will not be required for the
project types listed below. However, these projects are encouraged to divert at least
50% of the construction and demolition debris generated by this project.
- Work for which a building or demolition permit is not required.
- Roofing projects that do not include tear-off of existing roof
- Work for which only a plumbing, electrical, or mechanical permit is required
- Seismic tie-down projects
- Projects less than 10,000 square feet, where no structural building modifications are required
- Emergency demolition required to protect public health and safety
Waste Management Report (WMR)
Click here for Waste Management Report (WMR)
All applicants for covered projects must submit Part 1 of the WMR form prior
to issuance of a building or demolition permit, illustrating how they plan
to divert 100% of the inert debris (rock, dirt, concrete, asphalt, tile, bricks) and a minimum of 50%
of the remaining debris.
- The WMR will indicate the following:
- The type of project.
- The total square footage of the project.
- The construction and/or demolition debris material types that are expected to be generated on the project site.
The applicant for any covered project shall submit a Performance Deposit to the
City. The deposit is calculated at 0.75% (three quarters of one percent) of the
total project cost for new construction and 1.5% (one and one-half percent) of the
total project cost for demolition projects, or $30,000 maximum. Valuation will be established using the City's Development Services Department standard project valuation tables.
Acceptable forms of Performance Deposit payment include cash or check. A surety bond is also an acceptable form of payment for deposits that are calculated at $10,000 or more. All sureties will be in a form prescribed by the City;
insurers must be authorized in the State of California and satisfy all State requirements.
The Performance Deposit will be paid when all permit fees and deposits are paid.
Upon completion of the project, the deposit will be refunded based upon the
recycling goals being met. If only a portion of the goal has been met, the deposit
refund will be prorated.
Performance Deposit Refund
Within thirty (30) days after demolition is completed (if a demolition
permit only) or thirty (30) days after the issuance of a certificate of
occupancy or at the time of issuing the last certificate of
occupancy for units within a phased project of any covered
project, the applicant should submit documentation that he
or she has met the diversion requirements for the project. The
documentation must include all of the following:
- A copy of the completed WMR form in its entirety.
- Receipts/weight tickets from the vendor or facility that received each material clearly listing the type of material that was recycled and the actual volume or weight of that material. Any receipts/weight tickets for garbage disposal are also required.
- Photographs and narrative documentation of the applicant's reuse activities such as grinding up old concrete to use for pipe bed. When appropriate, narrative documentation from the company that reused the material(s) is required.
Upon receipt of the completed WMR with all required documentation, the WMR Compliance Official will have thirty (30) days to confirm that the diversion goals have been met (100% of inert materials and at least 50% of remaining debris was recycled/reused and request a release of the applicant's Performance Deposit.
If an applicant fails to submit a final WMR with documentation within thirty (30) days of project completion, the entire performance deposit will be forfeited and will remain the property of the City.
The Performance Deposit and any accrued interest shall be returned to the applicant if
the recycling requirements are met in full. If the recycling requirements are not met, the Performance Deposit and associated interest will be refunded on a prorated basis. There are no administrative fees charged for this process as the administrative costs are covered under the AB939 fee charged on all solid waste service invoices.
There is a provision for granting an exemption if due to unique circumstances, it
is infeasible to meet the diversion requirements
(example: asbestos piping, or asbestos ceiling
tiles). The WMR Compliance Official will work
with the applicant to establish a modified
The applicant may appeal the determination
made by the WMR Compliance Official.
Appeals shall be made to the City Manager
or designee. The appeal shall be in writing
and filed with the City Clerk within 10 business
days of receipt of the WMR Compliance
The appeal shall be limited to the following issues:
- The granting or denial of an exemption
- The amount of security to be released
The decision of the City Manager or designee shall be final.
To download this information in the form of a brochure, click here.
Download Quick Guides to San Diego County's Construction & Demolition Material Reuse & Recycling:
Mercury Thermostat Collection Act of 2008 Flyer for Contractor and Demolition Professionals
Fact Sheet for Mercury ThermostaT Collection Act of 2008
Waste Management Report (WMR)
Recycling & Solid Waste Planning Guide