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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.

Waste Management Plan (WMP) FORM- The WMP form is also available at the permit counter.

  1. Submit the WMP form stating that at least 65% of the waste generated by the project will be recycled or reused and that 100% of excavated soil and land-clearing debris and any universal wastes will be recycled or reused.
  2. Keep all receipts and records of the disposal, recycling, donations, and reuse of the materials from your project.
    • Receipts must show material type, tonnage or weight, how the materials were treated, the facility used, and the address of the job site. Some facilities will provide reports summarizing the needed information for your project that are acceptable as well.
  3. Attach the receipts or reports listing the actual disposal and recycling that occurred and submit the WMP to Public Works for approval. This is required before your project can be scheduled for final inspection.

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.

 More information on the State'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.



Ensure haulers can recycle the materials and will provide receipts or reports. Please make sure they have a license to operate in Torrance.



Universal Wastes are hazardous wastes that are 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 For other permit questions, please contact the Building and Safety Department at (310) 618-5910 or Community_Development_Dept@TorranceCA.Gov