Construction & Demolition Recycling

Demolition siteOverview


Construction and demolition waste is generated by new construction activities, expansion of existing structures, and/or demolition of existing structures.

Landfill space is an important and expensive resource that can be conserved by recycling construction and demolition (C&D) materials. C&D recycling saves landfill space and often saves you money!

In an effort to divert C&D debris generated at local projects, the City requires applicants for demolition and building permits to divert at least 75% of the waste generated on site. The debris must be brought to a recycling or salvage facility, reused on site, or donated to others. The City of La Mesa will collect a deposit based on the square footage and type of project that is planned. A full refund will be provided if 75% of the C&D debris is diverted from landfills.


Common Construction & Demolition Materials

  • Cardboard
  • Carpet
  • Dirt
  • Drywall
  • Green Waste related to land development
  • Lumber
  • Masonry (brick, concrete, etc.)
  • Metals
  • Paper
  • Pipe (plastic, metal, clay)
  • Plastic
  • Rocks