Kathleen Wilson of the Ventura County Star reports that starting February 8, 60 percent of debris generated in construction and demolition jobs (C&D debris) in Ventura County will need to be recycled or reused. The regulations are nothing new to other parts of the state that have similar requirements, but its goal is to help the unincorporated areas reach the CA's mandated 50% recycling goal. The new regulations will impact industrial, commercial and residential projects in the unincorporated county areas. C&D waste accounts for nearly 22 percent of the 40 million tons of solid waste generated in CA in 2003.
Millions of tons of construction debris that would ordinarily be buried in landfills must be recycled under stiff new regulations taking effect in Ventura County and across the state.
A growing number of cities and counties are clamping down at a time when the debris accounts for more than a fifth of California's waste and when state regulators are pushing for ordinances with teeth.
Earlier this month, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed new standards affecting contractors, public agencies and private property owners in unincorporated county territory. Cities, including Ventura and Thousand Oaks, also are studying them.
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