California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Solid Waste Characterization Database

Residential Waste Disposal Rates

The table below contains values for residential waste disposal rates computed as part of the 1999 Statewide Waste Characterization Study. Per capita disposal rates were estimated for each of the five regions defined in the study--see the study for an explanation of how the regions were selected. A single statewide disposal rate for multifamily units (MFU) of 0.46 tons/unit/year was also computed. This rate should be used for all jurisdictions.

The table lists the counties and the regions to which each county was assigned, along with the estimated per capita disposal rates. Disposal rates are affected by a number of factors. Thus, these rates should only be used for planning purposes to aid in the design and development of solid waste programs. They should not be used as a measurement tool--see data limitations for more information.

County Region Per Capita Disposal Rate
tons/res/year
Alameda Bay Area 0.42
Alpine Mountain 0.25
Amador Mountain 0.25
Butte Central Valley 0.36
Calaveras Mountain 0.25
Colusa Central Valley 0.36
Contra Costa Bay Area 0.42
Del Norte Coastal 0.44
El Dorado Mountain 0.25
Fresno Central Valley 0.36
Glenn Central Valley 0.36
Humbolt Coastal 0.44
Imperial Southern 0.41
Inyo Mountain 0.25
Kern Southern 0.41
Kings Central Valley 0.36
Lake Central Valley 0.36
Lassen Mountain 0.25
Los Angeles Southern 0.41
Madera Central Valley 0.36
Marin Bay Area 0.42
Mariposa Mountain 0.25
Mendocino Coastal 0.44
Merced Central Valley 0.36
Modoc Mountain 0.25
Mono Mountain 0.25
Monterey Coastal 0.44
Napa Bay Area 0.42
Nevada Mountain 0.25
Orange Southern 0.41
Placer Central Valley 0.36
Plumas Mountain 0.25
Riverside Southern 0.41
Sacramento Central Valley 0.36
San Benito Coastal 0.44
San Bernardino Southern 0.41
San Diego Southern 0.41
San Francisco Bay Area 0.42
San Joaquin Central Valley 0.36
San Luis Obispo Southern 0.41
San Mateo Bay Area 0.42
Santa Barbara Southern 0.41
Santa Clara Bay Area 0.42
Santa Cruz Coastal 0.44
Shasta Mountain 0.25
Sierra Mountain 0.25
Siskiyou Mountain 0.25
Solano Bay Area 0.42
Sonoma Coastal 0.44
Stanislaus Central Valley 0.36
Sutter Central Valley 0.36
Tehama Central Valley 0.36
Trinity Mountain 0.25
Tulare Central Valley 0.36
Tuolumne Mountain 0.25
Ventura Southern 0.41
Yolo Central Valley 0.36
Yuba Central Valley 0.36

Also, please see average or estimated waste generation rates for businesses and residences. (Different than disposal rates.)

Last updated: October 17, 2002
Solid Waste Characterization, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/WasteChar/
Nancy Carr: Nancy.Carr@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-6216