Landfills and Other Solid Waste Facilities and Operations

Landfill means a waste management unit at which waste is discharged in or on land for disposal. Landfill does not include surface impoundment, waste pile, land treatment unit, injection well, or soil amendments.

Permitting of Solid Waste FacilitiesThe Board’s Permit Program reviews solid waste facility permits submitted by local enforcement agencies (LEA) and recommends for or against concurrence in the permit to the Board. Permits include design, operational, financial, and closure/postclosure requirements.

Financial Assurances: Financial assurances programs ensure that adequate resources are available for closure/postclosure activities as well as financial assurances for operating liability for solid waste facilities. This site includes information for facility owners and operators as well as local enforcement agencies (LEA).

Facilities Violating State Minimum Standards: A list of solid waste facilities in California that are violating the state minimum standards for solid waste handling and disposal. State minimum standards regulate the design and operation of solid waste facilities in order to protect public health and safety and the environment.

Water Board Landfill Waste Acceptance Lists: A listing on the State Water Resources Control Board’s web site of updated lists provided by the Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB) of open, commercial Class I, II, and III landfills and the types of wastes accepted at each.

Landfill Facility Compliance Study: The Board (now CalRecycle) commissioned a two-phasestudy of the state’s municipal solid waste MSW) landfills. Phase I consisted of an inventory and assessment of MSW landfill performance for the time period from January 1998 through December 2001. Phase II consisted of an assessment of the effectiveness of current regulatory requirements in controlling environmental impact over time. The study is the most comprehensive inventory ever undertaken of California landfills. GeoSyntec Consultants, Inc. of Oakland, California, conducted the two-phase study, which began June 2000 and ended June 2004.