CalGreen Recycling 2017 Requirements

Waste Diversion Requirement

·         Newly constructed buildings and demolition projects shall divert from landfills at least 65% of the construction materials generated during the project.  

·         All locally permitted additions and alterations to non-residential buildings or structures shall divert from landfills at least 65% of nonhazardous construction and demolition materials. 

·         Additions and alterations to residential buildings that increase the structure's conditioned area, volume or size are also required to meet the 65% minimum diversion requirement. 

Methods of Compliance

1) Enforcing agencies can require contractors to develop and maintain a waste management plan and document diversion and disposal.   

2) Utilize a waste management company that certifies a minimum 65% waste diversion.  

3) Waste stream reduction alternative. 

o   Non-residential new construction projects with a combined disposal weight of 2 lbs/ft2 may be deemed to meet the 65% minimum diversion requirement. 

o   Residential low rise (3 stories or less) with a combined weight of new construction disposal 3.4 lbs/ft2 may be deemed to meet the 65% minimum diversion requirement. 

o   Residential high rise (4 stories or more) with a combined weight of new construction disposal 2 lbs/ft2 may be deemed to meet the 65% minimum diversion requirement. 

Recycling by Occupants (Space for Recycling)  

·         Newly constructed non-residential buildings, certain non-residential additions and multi-family housing with ≥ 5 units should provide readily accessible areas that serve the entire building and are identified for the depositing, storage and collection of non-hazardous materials for recycling, including (at minimum) paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastics, organic waste and metals.  

Universal Waste 

·         Universal waste (such as batteries, e-waste, lamps, cathode ray tubes/glass, aerosol cans) from non-residential addition and alteration projects shall require verification that the materials are disposed of properly and diverted from landfills. A list of prohibited universal waste materials shall be included in the construction documents. This is required for additions 1,000 ft2 or above and/or alterations with a valuation of $200,000 or more (per CALGreen Section 301.1). 

Recycled Content (Voluntary unless adopted by local agency as mandatory) 

·         Use materials, equivalent in performance to virgin materials with a total (combined) recycled content value of less than 10% (Tier 1) or 15% (Tier 2) of the total material cost of the project or use two (Tier 1) or three (Tier 2) materials out of nine product types on the list (insulation, exterior paint, carpet, compost, mulch, acoustical ceiling panels, drywall and aggregate base). This is a voluntary measure for non-residential structures.

 CalRecycle’s C&D FAQ page has additional information on CALGreen's waste management requirements (http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LGCentral/Library/CandDModel/Instruction/FAQ.htm). Please remember, this does not represent a complete list of CALGreen requirements. Contact your local building department for more information and work together to ensure either CALGreen or a more stringent program is being implemented in your jurisdiction.  

The CalRecycle contact assigned to your jurisdiction is available to answer questions specific to the waste management portion of CALGreen and is available to assist in your C&D debris recycling efforts.  You may look up the Local Assistance CalRecycle contact by jurisdiction at: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LGCentral/Reports/Contacts.aspx. Any C&D diversion-related questions that you would like addressed, should be sent to LAMD.ConDemo@calrecycle.ca.gov. Please do not reply directly to this e-mail.