Chapter 3. Minimum Standards for Solid Waste Handling and Disposal
Article 5.95. Construction and Demolition Waste and Inert Debris Disposal Regulatory Requirements
Section 17387. Authority and Scope.
(b) This Article is adopted pursuant to and for the purpose of implementing the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (Act) commencing with section 40000 of the Public Resources Code (PRC), as amended. These regulations should be read together with the Act.
(c) Nothing in this Article limits or restricts the power of any Federal, State, or local agency to enforce any provision of law that it is authorized or required to enforce or administer, nor to limit or restrict local governments from promulgating laws which are as strict as or stricter than the regulations contained in this Article. However, no local government may promulgate laws which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Article.
(d) No provision in this Article shall be construed as relieving any owner or operator from obtaining all required permits, licenses, or other clearances and complying with all orders, laws, regulations, reports, or other requirements of the other regulatory or enforcement agencies, including, but not limited to, local health agencies, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, Department of Toxic Substances Control, air quality management districts or air pollution control districts, local land use authorities, and fire authorities.
Section 17387.5. Purpose.
(b) By adopting these standards, the board hereby sets forth performance standards for disposal sites which dispose C&D waste and inert debris and which are of State concern, as required by PRC sections 43020 and 43021, and sets forth minimum substantive requirements for operator's submission of information concerning individual disposal sites.
Section 17388. Definitions.
(a) "C&D" means construction and demolition, as in the term "C&D waste".
(b) "CDI" means any combination of construction and demolition waste and inert debris.
(c) "Construction and Demolition Waste" or "C&D Waste" means the nonhazardous waste building materials, packaging and rubble resulting from construction, remodeling, repair and demolition operations on pavements, houses, commercial buildings and other structures.
(d) "CDI Waste Disposal Facility" means a facility at which C&D waste, C&D waste together with inert debris (Type A or B) or inert debris (Type B) only is disposed.
(e) "Disposal" means the final deposition of C&D waste or inert debris onto land.
(f) "EA" means enforcement agency as defined in PRC section 40130.
(g) "Engineered Fill Activity" means fill that has been designed by an engineer to act as a structural element of a constructed work and has been placed under engineering inspection, usually with density testing. An engineered fill activity shall meet specifications prepared and certified for a specific project by a Civil Engineer, Certified Engineering Geologist, or similar professional licensed by the State of California, and includes requirements for placement, geometry, material, compaction and quality control.
(h) "Fill" means gravel, rock, soil, sand, uncontaminated concrete, or fully cured asphalt in conjunction with a construction project or grading.
(i) "Fully Cured Asphalt" means that the material must be at ambient temperature, be substantially hardened and be inelastic.
(j) "Grading" means any land excavation, filling, earth moving or combination thereof.
(k) "Inert Debris" means solid waste and recyclable materials that are source separated or separated for reuse and do not contain hazardous waste (as defined in CCR, Title 22, section 66261.3 et. seq.) or soluble pollutants at concentrations in excess of applicable water quality. Inert debris may not contain any putrescible wastes. Gravel, rock, soil, sand and similar materials, whether processed or not, that have never been used in connection with any structure, development, grading or other similar human purpose, or that are uncontaminated, are not inert debris. Such materials may be commingled with inert debris.
(l) "Inert Debris Engineered Fill Operation" means an activity exceeding one year in duration in which only the following inert debris may be used: fully cured asphalt, uncontaminated concrete (including steel reinforcing rods embedded in the concrete), crushed glass, brick, ceramics, clay and clay products, which may be mixed with rock and soil. Those materials are spread on land in lifts and compacted under controlled conditions to achieve a uniform and dense mass which is capable of supporting structural loading, as necessary, or supporting other uses such as recreation, agriculture and open space in order to provide land that is appropriate for an end use consistent with approved local general and specific plans (e.g., roads, building sites, or other improvements) where an engineered fill is required to facilitate productive use(s) of the land. Filling above the surrounding grade shall only be allowed upon the approval of all governmental agencies having jurisdiction. The engineered fill shall be constructed and compacted in accordance with all applicable laws and ordinances and in accordance with specifications prepared and certified at least annually by a Civil Engineer, Certified Engineering Geologist, or similar professional licensed by the State of California and maintained in the operating record of the operation. The operator shall also certify under penalty of perjury, at least annually, that only approved inert debris has been placed as engineered fill, and specifying the amount of inert debris placed as fill. These determinations may be made by reviewing the records of an operation or by on-site inspection. Certification documents shall be maintained in the operating records of the operation and shall be made available to the EA during normal business hours. Acceptance of other Type A inert debris or shredded tires pursuant to Waste Discharge Requirements prior to the effective date of this Article does not preclude an activity from being deemed an inert debris engineered fill operation, provided that the operation meets all the requirements of this Article once it takes effect. Where such materials have been deposited, the operator must specify in the operation plan the type of waste previously accepted, a diagram of the fill area, and estimations of the depth of the fill material previously accepted. Inert debris placed in an Inert Debris Engineered Fill Operation is not counted as diversion or disposal for a given jurisdiction.
(m) "Inert Debris Type A Disposal Facility" means a site where only Type A inert debris is disposed to land. Inert debris Type A disposal facilities do not include inert debris engineered fill operations.
(n) "Landslide Debris", for the purpose of this Article, means the soil or rock or other natural material deposited on roadways, bridge decks, flood control facilities, or other structures resulting from a naturally-occurring mass movement of earth or rocks from a mountain, hill, cliff or road cut.
(o) "Operating Record" means a readily accessible collection of records of an operation's or facility's activities in compliance with required State Minimum Standards under Title 14 and Title 27. The operating record shall include the operation plan for inert debris engineered fill operations, or the disposal facility plan or disposal facility report for facilities, and shall contain, but is not limited to: agency approvals, tonnage and load checking records, hours of operation, owner/operator contacts, and personnel training history. The record may be reviewed by State and local authorities and shall be made available during normal business hours. The records may be maintained at any location that is easily accessible to the EA.
(p) "Putrescible Wastes" means solid wastes that are capable of being decomposed by micro-organisms with sufficient rapidity as to cause nuisances because of odors, vectors, gases or other offensive conditions, and include materials such as, but not limited to food wastes, offal and dead animals. The EA shall determine on a case-by-case basis whether or not a site is handling putrescible wastes.
(q) "RDSI" means Report of Disposal Site Information as described in CCR, Title 27, section 21600.
(r) "RWQCB" means Regional Water Quality Control Board.
(s) "Separated for Reuse" means materials, including commingled recyclables, that have been separated or kept separate from the solid waste stream for the purpose of additional sorting or processing of those materials for recycling or reuse in order to return them to the economic mainstream in the form of raw material for new, reused, or reconstituted products which meet the quality standards necessary to be used in the marketplace, and includes materials that have been "source separated".
(t) "Site" means the area where the handling of solid waste, and/or recyclable materials occurs at an operation or facility subject to this Article.
(u) "Solid waste" means the same as in PRC section 40191.
(v) "Source Separated" means materials, including commingled recyclables, that have been separated or kept separate from the solid waste stream, at the point of generation, for the purpose of additional sorting or processing those materials for recycling or reuse in order to return them to the economic mainstream in the form of raw material for new, reused, or reconstituted products which meet the quality standards necessary to be used in the marketplace.
(w) "Vector" includes any insect or other arthropod, rodent, or other animal capable of transmitting the causative agents of human disease.
Section 17388.1. Regulatory Tiers Placement for CDI Waste and Inert Debris Disposal Operations and Facilities.
Construction & Demolition and Inert Debris Tier Placement
Section 17388.2. Excluded Activities.
(b) Nothing in this section precludes the EA or the board from inspecting an excluded activity to verify that the activity is being conducted in manner that qualifies as an excluded activity, or from taking any appropriate enforcement action, including the use of a Notice and Order. The burden of proof shall be on the owner or operator to demonstrate that the activity is excluded pursuant to this section.
Legal Office: LegalSec@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-0089