Developing a C&D Ordinance


A construction and demolition (C&D) ordinance is a formal, publicly adopted law that gives a jurisdiction enforcement authority for the diversion activities required in the ordinance. Before adopting and implementing a C&D diversion ordinance, you should begin the process by first researching your local conditions related to C&D waste, and include your local stakeholders throughout the development of the ordinance. To help ensure your ordinance actually leads to increase diversion of C&D debris from landfills, certain points should be considered during the development, adoption, and implementation phases of your ordinance.

Many jurisdictions have adopted one of the C&D diversion ordinances available on our C&D Web page. Whether you choose to use one of these sample ordinances or to build your own using CalRecycle’s model ordinance tool, we strongly encourage you to first read through the “Important Considerations” section below, as the information will help you during the development of your own ordinance. Here is a sample of language used by a jurisdiction (City of Atascadero) to present their C&D ordinance to their city council and recommend its adoption (provided by San Luis County).

Based on input CalRecycle staff received from local jurisdictions, the building industry, the demolition industry, C&D recyclers, and solid waste haulers, the issues identified on the following pages should be considered during the planning and development phases of your C&D diversion ordinance. You will also find by reading through this information that several processes related to implementing the ordinance, such as training for staff and contractors, and handling deposits or fines, should be in place prior to its adoption.

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