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Construction & Demolition Debris

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Recycling & Solid Waste Planning Manual

New! Waste Management report is available to fill and submit online. Click here to complete the form and submit.

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ALL projects require a Waste Management Report and a Performance Deposit* with the exception of the following:

  1. A residential remodel or upgrade.
  2. A demolition project less than 1,000 sq. ft.
  3. A commercial tenant improvement project less than 1,000 sq. ft.

Performance Deposits are based on the valuation of the project and are acceptable in cash, check or surety bond             (if over $10,000).

  • Building project deposits are calculated at .75%
  • Demolition project deposits are calculated at 1.5%
  • Maximum deposit amount - $30,000

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.

Mandatory Recycling of Construction and Demolition Debris (CVMC 8.25.095) bulldozer

In Chula Vista construction and demolition projects must divert their waste from landfill disposal. The Mandatory Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Ordinance (CVMC 8.25.095) requires that 100% of inert materials and a minimum of 65% of all other materials be recycled and/or reused.

A Waste Management Report(WMR), must be reviewed and approved by the Environmental Services Division prior to the issuance of a demolition or building permit. The Waste Management Compliance Official will have ten (10) business days to respond with an approval, a denial or a request for more information, call (619) 585-5669 or email

Recycle and/or reuse 100% of inert material

Recycle and/or reuse 65% of other materials

  • Asphalt/concrete
  • Brick/masonry/tile
  • Dirt/rock
  •  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
  • Cardboard
  • Carpet
  • 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
  • Stucco
  • Unpainted wood & pallets


Performance Deposit Refundconstguy

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/salvage 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.

Diversion Exemptions

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 diversion requirement.

Appeal Process

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 Official's decision.

The appeal shall be limited to the following issues:

  1. The granting or denial of an exemption
  2. The amount of security to be released

The decision of the City Manager or designee shall be final.


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