Construction & Demolition Recycling Guidelines

Save Money & Help the Environment

Many Building Permits require a refundable deposit to reward diversion of a percentage (usually 65%) of waste away from the landfill. To see if you have a deposit look at your permit.

Commingled Diversion The following items can be commingled in a load and taken to a Construction, Demolition and Inert Recycling Facility (CDI) for sorting and recycling. For these loads, you will receive a receipt from the CDI that shows the diversion percentage. Retain these receipts until the end of the project and submit them for refund of your diversion deposit as instructed on the building permit. If you have both acceptable items and unacceptable items, consider using one box for the unacceptable items and the other box(es) for the acceptable items. Divert from landfill/recycle and save money, get your deposit back.
Recycling a portion gives you a prorated refund. And Remember, Recycling helps the Environment.

Acceptable Items

MetalsDrywallWood/LumberCardboardConcrete/Asphalt (Max 12-inch pieces

Unacceptable Items The following items may not exceed 10% of the total weight/volume in a CDI load.

TrashCeiling TilesPressboardCarpetGarbagePlastic/PVC
Asphalt ShinglesClayBrickAppliancesLaminatesGlass
DirtTreated woodStuccoVegetationBagged Material (Delays Sorting Line)Plastic Sheeting (Delays Sorting Line)

100% Diversion
Loads that consist 100% of any one category below can be recycled and receive a 100% diversion credit. In addition, 100% loads save you disposal costs.

Carpet (Call for details)DrywallWood/LumberGreen Recyclables

Hazardous waste is not accepted in the loads. Hazardous Waste includes, but is not limited to:

• Petroleum Based Products, such as oil or gasoline, No Propane Tanks
• Products with lead, such as TV’s, Computers, lead based paint or lead pipes/welds
• Tires
• Light ballasts with PCB’s and fluorescent bulbs
• Automobile/marine/motorcycle/lithium batteries (No smoke detectors – Lithium)
• Wet Paint (Spread wet paint on newspaper to dry in the sun, let paint cans dry)
• Chemicals, Poisons, Pesticides, Herbicides, Asbestos
• Medical Waste
• Explosives
• Treated Wood


g Rock, Concrete & Asphalt

These materials can be ground up and used as aggregate in concrete or as road base. We can legally haul up to 10 tons. These loads may not include trash, vegetation (including roots), plastic liner, wood, etc. The unwanted materials may result in a clean-up fee that may be more than the original agreed upon price; these materials may also result in the load being treated as a trash load which may double the recycle price.

Recycling Green Loads

Tree trimmings and yard waste are ground up and used as mulch.

Unacceptable items include:

  • Trash,
  • Root balls,
  • Succulents (examples include ice plant, jade & cactus),
  • Fibrous trees and plants because they don’t grind up well (examples include palm trees, coral tree, palm fronds & yucca)
  • Trunks greater than 4 feet in length,
  • Processed wood,
  • Dirt

Recycling Wood Loads

Lumber may be recycled.  Incidental nails and bolts are acceptable. Restrictions include:

  • No paint, varnish, stain or other treatment of the lumber.
  • No composite lumber such as plywood or fiberboard.  The glue used in these products make them non-recyclable.
  • No metal hardware such as hinges, elbows, bracket, etc.

Recycling Metal Loads

Metals can be recycled as long as they are free of trash. We charge a haul rate and refund or credit your account for the proceeds of the metal sale (supported by a copy of the recycler’s receipt). Mixed metals usually receive a lower price per ton than separated metals.

Recycling Sod Loads

Sod is the top layer of grass, roots and incidental dirt. Sod may be recycle if there is no trash.