Safe Waste Disposal: CalRecycle

Though Californians are reducing their waste and recycling, there is still waste that, at least for the present, cannot be reused or recycled. CalRecycle is charged with the responsibility of overseeing hundreds of landfills, transfer stations, and other solid waste facilities, making sure that each is operated in an environmentally safe manner.

Waste Banned From the Trash. Many common products that we use in our daily lives contain potentially hazardous ingredients and require special care when disposed of. Chemicals in illegally disposed hazardous waste can be released into the environment and contaminate our air, water, and possibly the food we eat. And by throwing hazardous waste in the garbage, you can cause additional hazards to your garbage handler.

Beyond 2000: California’s Continuing Need for LandfillsDescribes how a modern sanitary landfill is permitted, constructed, regulated, and closed, and the various systems in place to protect the environment and public health.

Waste Tires. CalRecycle’s tire disposal program includes the permitting of waste tire disposal facilities, registration of waste tire haulers and the enforcement of waste tire storage and handling standards.

Landfills and Other Solid Waste FacilitiesA listing of links to CalRecycle programs that deal with solid waste facilities.

LEA CentralCalRecycle’s web resource for local enforcement agencies (LEA), who have the primary responsibility for ensuring the correct operation and closure of solid waste facilities in California and for guaranteeing proper storage and transportation of solid wastes.

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