An ordinance regulating the disposal of construction and demolition waste took effect Sept. 4, moving Del Mar toward the goals of its Climate Action Plan and compliance with State requirements.
The ordinance (PDF) calls for recycling or reusing asphalt, metal, rock, concrete, drywall, cardboard and unpainted wood in order to divert at least 65 percent of a construction project’s waste from landfills.
Under the ordinance, any project subject to CalGreen Building Requirements – from home additions to large commercial projects -- must submit a waste management plan. The plan lays out estimates of weight or volume for each type of debris the project would reuse, recycle or send to a landfill. It also would show the haulers and facilities proposed to handle and receive the materials.
When a project is finished, an applicant must present receipts and records from haulers and disposal facilities to show compliance with the waste management plan.
With its adoption of the ordinance, Del Mar joins a number of other cities throughout the County that have enacted similar policies.
Under the California Integrated Waste Management Act and California Green Building Code Standards, all local jurisdictions must implement construction and demolition waste diversion programs.
Visit Del Mar’s Construction and Demolition Waste webpage.
Del Mar’s Climate Action Plan sets goals for overall waste diversion of 80 percent by 2020 and 95 percent by 2035.
Earlier this year, Del Mar enacted bans on Styrofoam packaging and containers and plastic straws and stirrers.
Information on Del Mar’s Climate Action Plan, zero waste and other sustainability measures can be found on the Go Green Del Mar website.