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Construction & Demolition (C&D) debris is generated during construction, remodeling, building repair, cleanup, or demolition.

What is C&D?

Construction and demolition (C&D) debris consists of waste that is generated during the construction, remodeling or demolition of buildings and roads. C&D materials typically include heavy and bulky items like concrete, bricks, metals, glass and lumber. C&D materials can also include salvaged building components like doors, appliances, fixtures, hardware, and windows.

The County of Santa Barbara has a number of policies in place to promote the recycling and reuse of C&D debris. In 2011, the County adopted the State's Green Building Standards which require all C&D generated from any construction project to be recycled at a minimum of 50%.

For larger construction, remodeling, or demolition projects (those expected to generate more than 350 tons of waste) the Public Works Department requires a Solid Waste Management Plan to ensure that C&D debris is diverted away from our landfill.

For smaller projects (those expected to generate less than 350 tons of waste) the Planning & Development Department may require a Construction Waste Management Plan.

The County also requires companies that rent roll-offs for construction sites to recycle a minimum of 50% of all material collected.

For more information about where you can take your C&D debris for recycling in Santa Barbara County, find your particular item(s) in the list of "Related Materials" on the right or try page 30 of our Recycling Resource Guide.

For more information about where you can take your salvaged items for reuse, such as doors, bathroom appliances, light fixtures, or hardware, again check the "Related Materials" section in the right-hand column or see page 43 of the Recycling Resource Guide.

You can also find more information about C&D in our Reduce & Reuse Section.

Through these C&D programs and resources, our community currently recycles more than three quarters of our C&D waste! For more information about any aspect of C&D recycling, please contact Carlyle Johnston at (805) 882-3617 or send him an e-mail.