California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

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Disposal Reporting System

The Disposal Reporting System was created to track the amount of waste  jurisdictions send to permitted landfills in California. The system automates data entry processes, simplifies the required collection of data, and provides jurisdictions with more timely access to disposal information. 

DRS Web Report

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has created a group of web-based reports enabling customers to access DRS data on the reported tons of California solid waste disposed at permitted landfills, the tons imported to or exported from California, and the tons of alternative daily cover. Customers can choose from reports displaying waste origin (where it was produced), or destination (where the waste was disposed). Customers can look at statewide data, or select the city, county, regional agency or disposal facility they wish to see.

eDRS

To simplify the reporting process for both the new and continuing data requirements, CalRecycle has developed a modern electronic Disposal Reporting System (eDRS). The CalRecycle DRS team provides eDRS training and assistance to county coordinators.

Revised Regulations

Revised DRS regulations became effective on January 1, 2006. The DRS regulations are found in Title 14, California Code of Regulations (CCR), Sections 18800-18814.11.

The revised regulations were reorganized into a more user-friendly format with sections specific to each entity in the DRS (i.e., haulers, facility operators, agencies, jurisdictions, and districts). Revisions to the regulations included:

  • New requirements for scales and weighing at solid waste facilities,
  • Increased frequency of asking haulers about where their waste is from (i.e., origin surveying of more loads),
  • DRS training requirements,
  • Additional tracking of specific waste types by city or county where the waste is from,
  • Additional reporting,
  • Increased access to records, and
  • More specific non-compliance processes.

Summary charts (Word 2.8 MB) are available to assist with understanding the revisions made to the regulations.

DRS Training

To assist with DRS training required by the revised regulations, CalRecycle has developed training modules and templates for optional use by haulers, solid waste facility operators, and agency disposal report coordinators. Draft modules and templates are located on the DRS Training page.

DRS Templates

CalRecycle provides templates to assist facilities with meeting the DRS requirements.

To assist counties with their reporting requirements, CalRecycle has developed an electronic Disposal Reporting System (eDRS).

How is the Disposal Reporting System used?

Local officials use data from the system to calculate their goal measurement and per capital disposal rates. (Select Goal Measurement: 2007 and Later.) The system is also used to:

What is included in "disposal"?

Disposal includes:

  • All solid waste disposed by all sources (residents, businesses, institutions, self-haul, construction and demolition sites, military bases, government agencies, etc.).
  • All solid waste disposed at CalRecycle-permitted landfills and transformation facilities.
  • All solid waste exported out of state for disposal.

This "equation" demonstrates what comprises disposal:

Actual Disposal Tonnage = All Tons Disposed at CalRecycle-Permitted Landfills + All tons Disposed at CalRecycle-Permitted Transformation Facilities + All Tons Exported Out of State

Local Requirements

Counties and regional agencies may impose more stringent disposal reporting requirements than those imposed by the state. Because of this, waste facility operators should contact the appropriate county or regional agency disposal reporting coordinator to ensure satisfactory reporting.

DRS Records Review

DRS regulations allow the various parties involved in DRS to review records pertaining to them. If there are questions concerning disposal reports, then affected parties may want to investigate the data used to compile the reports. CalRecycle provides a sample letter (MS Word 2003, 208 KB) designed to help jurisdictions set up a review of hauler or facility records.

Disposal System Highlights and Reporting Dates

Visit the table of major disposal reporting dates for filing timelines.

Refer to disposal reporting highlights for information about requirements for:

  • Jurisdiction of waste origin surveys
  • Alternative daily cover
  • Waste exported out of state
  • Standard survey dates and due dates

The disposal reporting system information flowchart contains a graphic view of the process.

Disaster Waste

DRS regulations require disaster waste tonnage to be tracked by jurisdiction of origin. More information and links are provided in the Disaster Waste Basic.

Legal Requirements and Advisories

For a complete listing of all reporting due dates, and more information on the Disposal Reporting System, please refer to Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, Article 9.2, Sections 18800 through 18814.11 and Public Resources Code Section 41821.5. The LEA (Local Enforcement Agency) Advisory #48 offers information regarding the use of alternative daily cover and alternative intermediate cover.

Waste Imported from Indian Country

Effective January 1, 2006, all disposal reported to CalRecycle in each County/Regional Agency's quarterly disposal report that originates from Indian country should be assigned to the individual Indian country of origin in the Disposal Reporting System. For additional clarification, please refer to the Reporting Indian Country Waste web page.

Sending Agency Disposal Reports to CalRecycle

Disposal reports should be sent to:

Disposal Reporting Coordinator
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
Mail Section 13A
P.O. Box 4025
Sacramento, CA 95812-4025

Where to Go for Help

Need help or have suggestions? If you have additional questions about these topics, please contact the CalRecycle DRS team at drs@calrecycle.ca.gov.

Local Government Central

Last updated: March 28, 2013
Disposal Reporting System, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LGCentral/DRS/
Disposal Reporting Coordinator: DRS@calrecycle.ca.gov