CalGreen / Construction & Demolition (C&D) Debris Recovery Program

Program Overview

The 2016 California Green Building Standards Code (CalGreen), as amended in Contra Costa County Code, requires that at least 65% by weight of job site debris generated by most types of building project types be recycled, reused, or otherwise diverted from landfill disposal. This requirement applies to demolition projects and most new construction, as well as the majority of building additions or alterations (see CalGreen 2016 Project Type Guide for more details). CalGreen requires submission of plans and reports with verifiable post-project documentation to demonstrate that at least 65% of the nonhazardous construction and demolition (C&D) debris generated on the job site are salvaged for reuse, recycled or otherwise diverted.

CalGreen Packet for Applicants and Owners



CalGreen Applicant Instructions *NEW*

Approved C&D Processing Facilities List *REVISED 4/25/2018*
(source: RecycleSmart/Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority)   

CalGreen Construction Waste Management (CWM) Plan Form - Preferred Fillable Version that must be filled out electronically and then printed & signed for official submittal (hardcopy) *REVISED 4/25/2018*

Substitute CWM Plan Form - Substitute Manual Version that is only for use if Plan will be filled out manually by hand (less preferable), rather than typing information in electronically (preferred) *NEW*

CalGreen Letter of Acknowledgement Form *NEW*

CalGreen Construction Waste Management (CWM) Report Form - Preferred Fillable Version that automatically subtotals tons, must be filled out electronically and then printed & signed for official submittal (hardcopy) *REVISED 4/25/2018*

Substitute CWM Report FormSubstitute Manual Version that is only for use if Plan will be filled out manually by hand (less preferable), rather than typing information in electronically (preferred) *NEW*


Supplemental Land Clearing Debris Report Form *REVISED 4/25/2018*
(Commercial Additions & Alterations Only)

Volume to Weight Conversion Table *NEW*
(2,000 pound = 1 ton)

Facility Certification Form *REVISED 4/25/2018*

Additional Resources

Recycling Receipt Guide *NEW*

CalGreen 2016 Project Type Guide (effective 1/1/2017)
 

CalGreen Building Standards Code Recycling Requirements, as amended, effective 1-1-2017 


CalRecycle (State of California) CalGreen FAQs

GreenHalo Systems: Green Halo provides an online resource for CalGreen Compliance

CalGreen Resources - CA HCD - [CA Building Standards Code Text]

Builders' Guide to Reuse and Recycling

Listing of Reuse and Recycling Facilities by material Type


Average Amount of Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Generated by Project Type



 Type of Building Single
Family
Residential
Multi-Family 
Residential
Non-
Residential
Project Type Average Pounds per Square Foot
New Construction 3.2 (Tract) -
7.5 (custom)
9.5 13
Addition 33 4.5 27
Alteration 39   10
Demolition 83 116 21

Typical Composition of C & D Debris 

Debris Type  Percent
Concrete & Asphalt 21%
Wood 20%
Roofing Materials 15%
Drywall/Sheetrock (Gypsum) 8%
Metal 4%
Cardboard & Paper 3%
Other Organics (plant debris) 3%
Glass 1%
Plastics 1%
Remaining Mixed Debris & Trash 24%
TOTAL  100%