Preparing for an Evaluation

Is your agency due for an evaluation? The evaluation process can be used as a tool to increase the overall performance and success of a local enforcement agency (LEA). This process is advantageous both before and after the evaluation period. For that reason, LEAs are encouraged to review the following information as a self-assessment.

The LEA Evaluation involves a review of the Solid Waste Information System (SWIS) database to confirm or deny six statutory findings in Public Resource Code Section 43214(d). Therefore, the accuracy of the SWIS database influences the duration of the process.

The following summarizes some points to review prior to an evaluation.

  1. SWIS Database: Does jurisdiction’s data concur with SWIS data?
  2. Are permits and closure requirements being met and current?
  3. Are sites being inspected according to their inspection frequencies?
  4. Are appropriate enforcement actions taken? Are there any outstanding enforcement actions?
  5. Certification Maintenance (Enforcement Program Plan update) involving the existence, currency and adequacy of:
    1. An accurate inventory of the jurisdictions solid waste facilities and disposal sites
    2. A workload analysis
    3. Staffing and technical expertise
    4. A budget
    5. The hearing panel

CalRecycle staff continually offers and provides ongoing assistance to LEAs on a day to day basis. This assistance is explained, in detail, by the Branch Responsibilities for LEA Performance Assistance Independent of the Evaluation Cycle Process Flowchart.

As part of a collaborative effort from various branches in the Division, a set of “triggers” was established with the main purpose of determining the appropriate time to initiate the offer of assistance to LEAs. Triggers flag trends in an LEA’s performance of duties outside of the evaluation process. LEAs are encouraged to review the triggers so they are aware of the same type of data that CalRecycle staff will use in the assistance mode. Although many situations are handled on a case-by-case basis, the triggers allow staff and the LEAs to understand common goals in the shared programs. Ultimately, they help the local agency to become proactive and resolve program implementation issues.

For more information contact: LEA Support Services,