Organics in the Landfill

Did you know that 25% of waste in landfills in San Diego is construction and demolition debris? Although deconstruction is not required by the Construction and Demolition Ordinance, it can be a valuable approach in meeting and exceeding your project's recycling goals while diverting reusable materials from landfills and potentially earning tax credits.

Deconstruction is the careful disassembly of a structure in order to maximize the amount of salvageable materials for reuse on or off-site (typically doors, windows, flooring, cabinets, appliances, plumbing, light fixtures, and roofing materials). This contrasts with demolition where structures are destroyed or torn down, usually damaging building materials and downcycling them to C&D recycling facilities or landfilling them. Deconstruction takes longer than demolition, so plan accordingly if you intend to salvage as much material as possible. Please see the List of C&D Recycling Facilities in San Diego for organizations who accept salvaged materials or visit