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

Program Overview

The 2016 California Green Building Standards Code (CalGreen) (PDF), 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 (PDF) 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 - Residential Projects (PDF) *REVISED 10/17/2019* 

CalGreen Applicant Instructions - Non-Residential Projects (PDF) *NEW 10/17/2019* 

Approved C&D Processing Facilities List (PDF) *REVISED 10/17/2019*
(source: RecycleSmart/Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority) 

CalGreen Construction Waste Management (CWM) Plan Form (PDF) - Preferred Fillable Version that must be filled out electronically and then printed & signed for official submittal (hardcopy) *REVISED 4/19/2019*

Substitute CWM Plan Form (PDF) - 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) *REVISED 4/19/2019*

CalGreen Letter of Acknowledgement Form - Residential Projects (PDF) *REVISED 10/17/2019*

CalGreen Letter of Acknowledgement Form - Non-Residential Projects (PDF) *NEW 10/17/2019*

CalGreen Construction Waste Management (CWM) Report Form (PDF) - 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 Form (PDF) - 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) *REVISED 10/17/2019*

Supplemental Land Clearing Debris Report Form (PDF) *REVISED 10/17/2019*
(Non-Residential Projects Only) 

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

Diversion Certification Form  (PDF) *REVISED 10/17/2019* 

CalGreen Subdivision Reporting Tool (up to 20 receipts) (XLS) - Excel Worksheet 

CalGreen Subdivision Reporting Tool (up to 50 receipts) (XLS) -  Excel Worksheet *NEW*

Additional Resources

Recycling Receipt Guide (PDF) *REVISED 6/17/2019*

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

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

CalRecycle (State of California) CalGreen FAQs

GreenHalo Systems: Optional reporting tool for CalGreen recycling requirements (DO NOT submit on-line) Must submit printed version of any report completed using GreenHalo along with original receipts (or legible copies of receipts, not printed versions of receipts scanned/uploaded into GreenHalo)

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

Builders' Guide to Reuse and Recycling (PDF)

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)
9.513
Addition334.527
Alteration39
10
Demolition8311621

Typical Composition of C & D Debris

Debris TypePercent
Concrete & Asphalt21%
Wood20%
Roofing Materials15%
Drywall/Sheetrock (Gypsum)8%
Metal4%
Cardboard & Paper3%
Other Organics (plant debris)3%
Glass1%
Plastics1%
Remaining Mixed Debris & Trash24%
TOTAL100%