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Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Solid Waste

Management of Municipal Solid Waste in California

California received approval from EPA for its solid waste program in September of 1993. The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) administered state programs. The CIWMB's duties and responsibilities were transferred to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

California State Agencies

CalRecycle (California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery) (formerly the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB)) Exiting EPA (disclaimer) is responsible for managing California's solid waste stream.

CalRecycle has numerous programs: educating the public; assisting local governments and businesses; fostering market development for recyclable materials; encouraging used oil recycling; regulating waste management facilities; and cleaning up abandoned and illegal dump sites. 

The State Water Resources Control Board's "Land Disposal Program" Exiting EPA (disclaimer)implements waste discharge requirements in order to protect California's water quality. This includes the regulation of waste discharge for treatment, storage, and disposal in waste management units such as waste piles, surface impoundments, and landfills.

Another resource in California is the Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling Exiting EPA (disclaimer)which administers the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, established in 1986. The primary goal of the Act is to achieve and maintain high recycling rates for each beverage container type included in the program. The Division provides a number of services to achieve these goals, including enforcement, auditing, grant funding, technical assistance and education. 

California Solid Waste Grants

California has grant programs that assist local agencies in developing and maintaining their waste reduction initiatives. In 1997, California distributed approximately $20.4 million in grants for such purposes.

California State Contacts

California Integrated Waste Management Board
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95812-4025
Phone: (916) 341-6532
Fax: (916) 319-7234

Landfill - Permitting and Enforcement Contacts

Scott Walker (Scott .Walker@calrecycle.ca.gov.)
California Integrated Waste Management Board
Manager- Remediation, Closure and Technical Services
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95812-4025
Phone: (916) 341-6319
Fax: (916) 319-7469
Joe Mello
Land Disposal Program Manager
Water Resources Control Board
Division of Clean Water Programs
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 341-5622
Fax: (916) 341-5709

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Additional Resource

Earth's 911 Hotline Exiting EPA (disclaimer)enables you to type in your zip code to find information about a variety of environmental subjects, including local reuse, recycling, and household hazardous waste disposal center information.

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