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Construction and Demolition Recycling

Pay Less for Clean “Source Separated Loads”

The highest rates of recycling can be attained when you “source separate” materials at your job site, such as keeping a separate dumpster for clean concrete, wood, metal, soil, etc. Recycling construction and demolition materials at the MRWMD Materials Recovery Facility helps builders comply with California’s CALGreen building requirements and meet the national LEED Building standards. MRWMD fee schedule offers discounted rates for clean loads containing source separated wood, concrete, asphalt, or soil.

Optimize Your Loads for Recycling

The MRWMD MRF uses a combination of mechanical and manual separation to process mixed waste and C&D materials as waste flows on a conveyor belt through the facility. To protect our employees, and to avoid materials that can become entangled in equipment, loads containing excessive amounts of the above materials will generally be directed to the landfill for disposal. To maximize diversion on the job site, allocate problem materials to their own dumpster.

To help ensure that your load is directed to the MRF by the MRWMD scale staff, try to keep the following problem materials out of your load:

  • Fiberglass Insulation
  • Large quantities of Romex cable or wire
  • Ice Plant, Poison Oak

Tracking Your Diversion

We calculate MRF diversion on a monthly basis and you can see the actual diversion percentage published in our monthly Recycling Report. This report is presented to our Board of Directors each month and included on our website on the Board of Directors page.

Scale Receipt is Your Proof of Diversion

The MRWMD tracks diversion at the MRF on a monthly basis by recording the tonnage of material coming into the facility, the tonnage of material diverted, and the tonnage of material disposed. Diversion is not tracked on a load by load basis.

Scale receipt indicates material brought across the MRWMD scales and where it was directed.

  • For Receipts labeled “MRF” we certify a min. 50% diversion for tonnage delivered on that receipt.
  • Receipts indicating load went to “Green Waste” or “AC” (asphalt/concrete) are 100% diversion.
  • Receipts indicating a load went to the landfill receive no diversion.

The “percent diversion – sort line” number reported monthly in the MRWMD Tonnage Report is the diversion percentage you can use for reporting on your projects. The USGBC has accepted this methodology for LEED projects locally.

If you require diversion certification, the MRWMD will provide the monthly diversion calculation for your load(s) that went to the MRF based on the month your load(s) were delivered. You can also obtain this information from your hauler.


Disposal Brochure

Construction and Demolition (MRF) Recycling Brochure

Household Hazardous Waste Brochure

Clean Soil Acceptance Criteria

Concrete and Asphalt Acceptance Criteria

Contaminated Soil and Liquid Waste Acceptance Criteria

Green Waste Acceptance Criteria


MRWMD Facebook Page

LCM Facebook Page

For Residential and Commercial Recycling services:

Waste Management Inc. – www.wm.com/ / 831-384-5000

Monterey City Disposal – www.montereydisposal.com / (831) 372-7977

Republic Services Salinas – www.republicservicessalinas.com / (831) 775-3840

*MRWMD Service Area Includes the following jurisdictions:

Moss Landing, Castroville, Marina, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, Sand City, Monterey, Monterey-Salinas Highway area, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Unincorporated Carmel, Carmel Valley, Carmel Highlands, and Big Sur