Waste Stream Measurement and Analysis

The Integrated Waste Management Act requires jurisdictions to divert 50 percent of their waste in the year 2000. Jurisdictions select and implement the combination of waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and composting programs that best meet the needs of their community while achieving the diversion requirements of the Act. SB 1016, Wiggins, Chapter 343, Statutes of 2008 passed in 2008, introduced a per capita disposal measurement system that measures the 50 percent diversion requirement using a disposal measurement equivalent.

Waste stream tools can help you analyze your waste stream, realize profit opportunities in other’s wastes, and determine the diversion programs that will most effectively help your local government meet and maintain its 50 percent goal.

Local Government Information

  • Basics. These pages present the fundamentals of understanding disposal, diversion, the Integrated Waste Management Act and SB 1016, the per Capita Disposal Measurement System.
  • Data Tools. CalRecycle provides a number of tools and information to assist local government (as well as businesses) to reduce disposal, conserve resources, and help California meet its waste reduction goals.
  • Disposal Reporting System. This group of pages provides the amount of waste a community produces and where it disposes it’s waste. Waste flow can be tracked though-out California.
  • Disposal Rate Calculator. The online disposal calculator measures goal measurement in terms of per-capita disposal after the year 2007. The measurement is expressed as pounds per person per day. The results for population and industry based annual per capita rates automatically calculate and display in the results section of the calculator. The 50 percent equivalent per capita disposal target for population and industry employment also displays in the same section near the bottom of the page.
  • Diversion Program System. The Diversion Program System shows what programs each jurisdiction selected and implemented, whether those programs still operate, and if not, why.
  • Diversion Rate Measurement. Diversion rates will no longer be calculated by CalRecycle under the new disposal measurement system. However, to assist stakeholders that may need to calculate their diversion rate the blank calculator with links to the Department of Finance and the Employment Development Department will be provided on the CalRecycle website on each. A jurisdiction can also check its diversion rate progress through 2006 by searching our Countywide, Regionwide, and Statewide Jurisdiction Diversion Progress Report page.
  • Local Government Data Reports. CalRecycle provides a number of reports and information to assist local governments and businesses) to reduce disposal, conserve resources, and help California meet its waste reduction goals.
  • New City Incorporation. This document explores the issue when a city incorporates, there are diversion rate measurement ramifications for both the new jurisdiction and the affected county.

Statewide Solid Waste Information

  • Household Hazardous Waste Form 303 Collection Information. Each jurisdiction in California is mandated to complete a CalRecycle Form 303 annually for the period of July 1 through June 30. The form gathers data regarding the amount of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), including Universal Waste (UW) and other related waste collected by local programs and the methods for managing these waste streams
  • Solid Waste Characterization. Knowing what portion of a jurisdiction’s waste stream is paper, glass, green waste, food waste, etc. helps local officials pinpoint new programs offering the greatest disposal reductions per dollar spent.
  • Solid Waste System Flow Chart. This chart provides a visual representation of the flow of solid waste system in California.
  • Statewide Diversion and Disposal Rates. Here you will find statewide diversion rates, statewide disposal and diversion tonnages, graphs of long-term trends and typical disposal rates for residential and non-residential populations. Diversion rates for individual communities are found in the Diversion Program module in LoGIC.
  • Waste Characterization database is used to model the commercial and residential waste streams for jurisdictions in California. It contains information on the typical materials disposed by many types of businesses, as well as by single-family and multi-family residences. CalRecycle has also conducted several.
  • Waste characterization studies on the statewide waste stream as well as targeted portions such as construction and demolition waste and waste from business generators were conducted by CalRecycle.


The following topics have been archived due to changes in CalRecycle’s policies and statutes.

Diversion Rate Measurement. Diversion rates will no longer be calculated by CalRecycle under the new disposal measurement system.

Recommendations for Correcting Base-Year and/or Reporting-Year Inaccuracies. This report provided guidelines for local government officials dealing with measurement accuracy and was the basis for the measurement accuracy policy. CalRecycle no longer uses these methods since 2007.

Where to Go for Help?

If you have additional questions about these topics, please contact Local Assistance and Market Development representatives at (916) 341-6199.

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