Construction and Demolition

About The Program

Construction and Demolition (C&D) projects can generate large amounts of waste. Most of the waste is recyclable, including asphalt, concrete, wood, cardboard and metal.

Recycling C&D materials instead of sending it to a landfill reduces disposal fees and project costs and provides valuable materials for reuse and recycling.

The City of Ventura implements the 2016 California Green Building Code Standards (CalGreen), which requires construction and demolition projects to develop and implement a Waste Management Plan and divert 65% of materials from landfill disposal.

Recycling at your jobsite also helps the City of Ventura comply with the State’s goal of 75% diversion by 2020.

Helpful Tips for Ventura Builders & Residents on Construction & Demolition Debris



Who is Required to Meet CalGreen Standards?


  • All new construction of permitted structures
  • All demolition of permitted structures
  • Additions or alterations of permitted structures that increase the building’s conditioned area, volume, or size.


  • All new construction of permitted structures
  • All demolition of permitted structures
  • Additions of all permitted structures
    • Effective January 1,2017, alterations of permitted structures must provide verification that Universal Waste is managed correctly.
  • Alterations of all permitted structures
    • Effective January 1, 2017, alterations of permitted structures must provide verification that Universal Waste is managed correctly.

Source:  California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) Part 11 of Title 24, California Code of Regulations. The applicable sections for residential construction can be found in Section 4.408 and in Section 5.408 for most non-residential new construction. Sections 301.1.1 and 301.3 addresses additions and alterations diversion requirements.

Filing a Waste Management Plan in Ventura

Click on the image above to view the process for submitting a Waste Management Plan. All necessary forms may be downloaded here or are available in the Building and Safety Division at City Hall (Room 117). For information and assistance with filing the WMP, please contact the Environmental Sustainability Office at (805) 652-4525 or e-mail

Helpful Links and Phone Numbers

Roll-off and Bin Programs through E. J. Harrison

In the City of Ventura there are two options for handling construction waste. The first is to use the City’s franchise hauler, E. J. Harrison & Sons. They are the only authorized hauler for solid waste (City of Ventura Ordinance Code Article 2, Sec. 6.500.210 et. seq.) They can be contacted at (805) 647-1414. For those projects that require a Waste Management Plan (WMP) Harrison can assist by diverting at least 65% of the materials and provide final reporting forms for the project. Please inform them if the construction project is under a WMP when ordering service.


Self-hauling of C&D materials is allowed only when a licensed contractor uses his/her own employees and equipment as an incidental part of the total service (City Ordinance Code Article 2, Section 6.500.230.5). If the contractor does not have his/her own bins and hauling equipment or employees to self-haul, the contractor is required to use E. J. Harrison & Sons services. All contractors that self-haul are encouraged to segregate the C&D waste on-site and direct haul the materials to local recycling facilities. For projects that require a WMP, the contractor is responsible for submitting to the City of Ventura, all necessary forms, weight tags and final reports on waste diversion for the project.  The documents necessary for the WMP are listed below.

The following facilities accept segregated materials. Proof of proper disposal and recycling are required for any WMP.


  1. 12390 Telegraph Rd. (corner of Olive Road and Telegraph Road) • (805) 485-9200
  2. 6859 Arnold Road, Oxnard, CA 93033 • (805) 485-9200

     Accepts lumber, trees and brush. Please call ahead for times and requirements.


6029 E. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard, CA 93046(805) 647-1121
Accepts clean asphalt and concrete. Please call for hours and pricing.


1905 Lirio Avenue, Ventura, CA 93004 • (805) 643-6669
Accepts all metals.


5275 Colt Street, Ventura, CA 93003 • (805) 642-9236
Accepts segregated and mixed loads of C&D debris. Gold Coast will pay for clean loads of cardboard, aluminum, plastic and paper.


999 Mission Rock Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060 •  (805) 879-0033
Accepts clean asphalt and concrete. Call ahead for hours and pricing.


1850 Eastman Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93030 •  (805) 981-2268
Accepts reusable building materials, such as lighting, plumbing, wood, doors, windows, tile, wood furniture, paint, hardware, sinks, small appliances, insulation; and will take refrigerators, ovens and stores that are up to ten years old as long as they are in good working condition.