San Diego adopts C&D debris recycling ordinance
San Diego, CA– The San Diego
City Council passed a Construction and Demolition Debris Diversion
Deposit Ordinance (C&D Ordinance) on October 10, 2005 that
is designed to extend the life of the Miramar Landfill and to
help the city meet state recycling mandates.
The ordinance is expected to
take effect in summer 2006.
“C&D debris comprises
about one-third of the trash buried in the Miramar Landfill—or
about 400,000 tons yearly. With the Miramar Landfill scheduled
to close in only seven years the C&D recycling ordinance is
extremely important to extend the life of the only city-run landfill
in San Diego,” said Elmer L. Heap Jr., director of the city’s
Environmental Services Department.
of the 400,000 tons of C&D material buried each year in the
Miramar landfill is recyclable. This debris typically includes
asphalt, concrete, brick, dirt, cabinets, doors, fixtures, windows,
carpet and carpet padding, cardboard, drywall, landscape debris,
unpainted wood and pallets, roofing materials, and scrap metal.
Many private-sector facilities exist in the San Diego area to
recycle these materials, if delivered separated from other waste.
In addition to facilities that
accept already-sorted material, the City of San Diego is working
with a contractor to build a mixed-waste transfer station at the
Miramar Landfill, which will accept mixed loads of waste to be
sorted and marketed at the facility. Additional mixed-waste facilities
The C&D Ordinance will require
applicants for building and demolition permits to pay a deposit
based on the type and square footage of their project. The C&D
diversion deposit will be refunded in whole or in part after documentation
is submitted to the city showing that recycling requirements are
met. The ordinance will take effect 45 days after a mixed C&D
recycling facility is certified as having achieved a 50 percent
recycling rate. Refunds will be prorated for partial compliance.
Full refunds will be made for projects that properly document
the required diversion.
For customer convenience, the
C&D diversion deposit will be paid along with permitting fees
at the city’s Development Services Department.
Currently the City of San Diego
diverts only 45 percent of its waste from the Miramar Landfill
and has an extension to December 31, 2005 to meet the mandated
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