The City of Torrance requires that all commercial and some residential construction, demolition, or remodeling projects recycle or reuse at least 65% of the materials that leave the project site, as well as 100% of excavated soil and land-clearing debris and any universal wastes.
Download the Waste Management Plan (WMP) Form & Instructions (PDF). The WMP form is also available at the permit counter.
Failure to fulfill the requirements of the WMP process will result in penalties of $5000 for construction projects and $10,000 for demolition projects, as per the Torrance Municipal Code.
Find more information on California’s green building requirements.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of tons of landfill waste is construction and demolition (C&D) debris. Much of this debris can easily be recycled, and many recyclers accept C&D materials at lower prices that landfills. Some facilities can only take clean, separated materials, while others can take mixed loads and process them for recycling. Utilize the lists below to find suitable facilities for your C&D debris:
Additionally, some construction and demolition materials can be donated to Habitat for Humanity. See what they take.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles ReStore 18600 Crenshaw Blvd | (310) 818-5222 Map & Directions
When selecting haulers, ensure that they can recycle the materials and will provide you with receipts or reports. Please make sure they have a license to operate in Torrance. See a list of licensed haulers in Torrance.
Universal waste is hazardous waste that is widely used by households and different types of businesses, such as computers, batteries and mercury-containing equipment, among others.
If you have questions about the recycling program, please contact the Public Works Department at (310) 781-6900 or [email protected]. For other permit questions, please contact the Building and Safety Department at (310) 618-5910 or [email protected].