California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Disposal Reporting System

Highlights

Required Origin Surveys to Determine What City or County Waste Is From

  • All permitted landfills, transfer stations, materials recovery facilities, and transformation facilities must conduct surveys to identify the jurisdiction of origin of waste disposed every quarter.
  • At all facilities located in rural jurisdictions, the standard minimum survey frequency is one week per quarter for all loads of waste received.
  • At all other facilities (i.e., facilities located in jurisdictions that are not rural), the minimum survey frequency is:
    • continuous, daily for all compacted loads and uncompacted loads over 12 cubic yards and
    • one week per quarter for uncompacted loads of 12 cubic yards or less.
  • The standard survey weeks are: March 8-14; June 8-14; September 8-14; and December 8-14.
  • A county, regional agency, or facility may require survey periods that exceed the minimum state requirements above, or may use an alternative survey period and system that must be approved by the Board.
  • No surveys are required if all of the waste received at a Board-permitted disposal facility is assigned to a single city, county or regional agency. The facility must be authorized to do so by the jurisdiction being assigned all of the waste. A model authorization template called Authorization for Facility(ies) to Assign All Waste Received to a Single Jurisdiction is available for your use.

Conducting Waste Origin Surveys

  • The jurisdiction of origin (city or county where waste is from) must be determined for every load of solid waste, including self-haul loads, during the survey period.
  • Survey information must state whether the jurisdiction of origin is an incorporated city, part of the unincorporated county, or a regional agency.
  • If the jurisdiction of origin of a load cannot be determined, then it must be assigned to the jurisdiction in which the permitted solid waste facility is located and labeled as host-assigned (orphan waste).

Alternative Daily Cover (ADC)

  • ADC is defined as any material, other than soil, used as daily cover. The Enforcement Agency must approve the material for use as daily cover with concurrence by the Board. Examples of ADC include green waste, shredded tires, and ash.
  • ADC must be tracked by jurisdiction of origin every day (not just during a quarterly survey period) for all loads that are delivered to landfills that might be used as ADC. Information on quantities of ADC and types of material must be reported quarterly to the county or regional agency in which the landfill is located.
  • For more information refer to ADC regulations at Title 27, California Code of Regulations, Section 20690 and Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) Advisory #48.

Alternative Intermediate Cover (AIC)

  • Alternative Intermediate Cover (AIC) is defined as material, other than soil, placed on all surfaces of a fill where no solid waste will be placed within 180 days in order to control vectors, fires, odors, blowing litter, and scavenging. Prior to using a material as AIC the landfill must conduct a site—specific demonstration project. Demonstration projects require approval of the Enforcement Agency and concurrence by the Board.
  • AIC must be tracked by jurisdiction of origin every day (not just during a quarterly survey period) for all loads that are delivered to landfills that might be used as AIC. Information on quantities of AIC and types of material must be reported quarterly to the county of regional agency in which the landfill is located.
  • For more information refer to AIC regulations at Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations section 20700 and Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) Advisory #48.

Waste Exported Out of California

  • If waste is sent out of state, then the hauler, transfer station operator, or materials recovery facility operator must complete an export report each quarter and send it to the county or regional agency.
  • The export report must include the total tons of solid waste exported from each jurisdiction of origin for all loads exported during the entire quarter, not just during survey periods. Beginning with the first quarter of 2006, the name of the facility and location (stat, country, or Indian country) to which jurisdictions' waste is sent must also be included in the export report.

Waste Imported from Indian Country

  • Beginning January 1, 2006, all disposal reported to the Board in each County/Regional Agency's quarterly disposal report that originates from Indian country should be assigned to the applicable Indian country (countries) of origin in the Disposal Reporting System.
  • For additional clarification, refer to the Board's web page Reporting Indian Country Waste.

Disposal Reporting Home Page

Last updated: April 18, 2006
Disposal Reporting System, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LGCentral/DRS/
Disposal Reporting Coordinator: DRS@calrecycle.ca.gov