Construction & Demolition Debris

Recycling Mandate

The City of La Habra is one of several California cities to have a Construction and Demolition ordinance. La Habra's Construction and Demolition Ordinance requires that all applicants of certain construction and demolition projects must recycle at least 50% of all construction and demolition waste.

Environmental Impact of Construction Debris

According to a California Waste Management Board Study (PDF), more than 8.7 million tons of construction and demolition debris is put into California landfills every year. This is 21.7% of California's overall waste stream. Many of these materials have scrap value and can be recycled. Diverting these valued resources will save contractors and consumers money as well as save local governments from having to open new landfills.

Examples of Recyclable Debris

Some of the major categories of construction and demolition that can be recycled are:

  • Asphalt paving
  • Asphalt roofing
  • Concrete
  • Gypsum board
  • Lumber
  • Rock
  • Soil fines
  • Soil

Waste Disposal Plans for Future Construction

All applicants for "covered projects" must complete and submit a waste disposal plan as part of the application packet for a permit issued for a covered project. To find out more about construction and demolition in La Habra, please call the Public Works Department at 562-383-4170.