Disaster Waste Guidelines

These guidelines were prepared to assist jurisdictions in preparing for and dealing with disaster waste. Jurisdictions may submit information in their annual report requesting the reporting year tons be modified so they do not get penalized for disaster waste. To do this, jurisdictions need facility operators to track the disaster waste by jurisdiction of origin and provide jurisdictions with quarterly summary data. (More information on annual reporting requirements…)


The California Integrated Waste Management Act (AB 939, Chapter 1095, Statutes of 1989 as amended [IWMA]) requires each city, county, or regional agency (jurisdiction) to reduce waste by recycling, composting, or other diversion activities. Jurisdictions must report annually to CalRecycle on the progress they are making in reducing waste.

To prevent a jurisdiction’s diversion from being impacted by disaster waste, the IWMA allows disaster waste to be subtracted from disposal tons if it is tracked by facility operators. Because disasters (earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.) can generate a lot of waste, it is important for facility operators to track this waste to assure disposal reporting accuracy.

Predisaster Preparation

For more information contact: Local Assistance & Market Development, LAMD@calrecycle.ca.gov