Construction, demolition and renovation (CD&R) waste includes debris generated by the construction, demolition or renovation of buildings, homes, mobile homes, and other structures.
Depending on the material used in the construction of the structure, the waste may be hazardous and can pose health hazards to solid waste workers. This waste includes material such as lead (from lead-painted building materials) or asbestos and asbestos containing material (ACM).
Lead-based paint can be harmful to the environment when landfilled. Asbestos and ACM which contain friable asbestos at quantities greater than 1% is considered hazardous asbestos waste and can expose landfill users and solid waste workers to severe health hazards.
Riverside County must comply with the California Green Building Standards Code, which includes mandatory C&D recycling. For information contact the Riverside County Building and Safety Department. Projects that require a building permit may have the potential to generate C&D waste and therefore may be required to complete the following:
Step 1: Waste Recycling Plan (WRP) - Form B to identify the estimated quantity and location of recycling for C&D waste resulting from the project, prior to permit issuance.
Step 2: Waste Reporting Form - Form C is required upon completion of the project, prior to final inspection and demonstrates the actual quantity of C&D waste recycled.
Here are a few tips to stop waste before it starts:
Avoid leftovers: measure twice and cut once.
Choose materials that are durable and do not have to be replaced frequently.
Use energy efficient lighting fixtures, insulation, and appliances.
Instead of traditional demolition, consider salvaging and careful deconstruction so that the materials can be reused.
Ask your contractor to recycle your old materials; it might even save you money!
Perhaps the best way to reuse materials is to buy recycled! There are many items available that come from recycled content, such as plastic lumber, floor tile from tires, and many plastic items. Purchasing items with recycled content instead of products made from new materials helps to increase recycling efforts and reuses valuable materials that might otherwise be landfilled.
For additional recycling information for carpet, appliance, drywall, metal, etc. recycling please visit the Waste Guide.