CalGreen / Construction & Demolition Debris Recovery Program

Program Overview

The 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CalGreen) requires that at least 50% by weight of job site debris generated by new construction of occupancies be recycled, reused, or otherwise diverted from landfill disposal. This requirement applies to demolition projects and new occupliable buildings being constructed, including additions or alterations of buildings where the changes increase the building’s conditioned area, volume or size. CalGreen requires submission of plans and verifiable post-project documentation to demonstrate that at least 50% of the nonhazardous construction and demolition debris generated on the jobsite are salvaged for reuse, recycled or otherwise diverted.

CalGreen Packet for Applicants and Owners

Additional Resources

CalRecycle (State of California) CalGreen FAQs

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

Listing of Reuse and Recycling Facilities by material Type

Volume to Weight Conversion Tables (2,000 pound = 1 ton)

Average Amount of Construction and Demolition Debris Generated by Project Type

 Type of Project  Pounds/Sq Ft  Pound
(per 5,000 sq. ft project)
(per 5,000 sq. ft. project)
 Residential Construction 4.38 21,900 10.95
Nonresidential Construction  4.02  20,100 10.05
Residential Demolition (single-family)  111.3  556,500  278.25
Residential Demolition (multi-family)  127 635,000 317.5
Nonresidential Demolition  155  775,000 387.5
Nonresidential Renovation  17.7 88,500  44.23
Residential Renovation  Varies by Project N/A  N/A

Typical Debris Generated by New Residential Construction

Debris Type  Percent
 Wood 42.4% 
 Drywall 27.3% 
 Concrete 12.0% 
 Brick and Other Mixed Debris  7.3%
 Cardboard  5.4%
 Metals   1.8%
 Asphalt  1.4%
 Plastics and Foad   1.4%
 Other Packaging   0.6%
Textile  0.4%
TOTAL  100%