Rural Relief

Public Resources Code (PRC) sections 41787 through 41787.5 outline specific measures which can help rural jurisdictions meet the solid waste diversion requirements of the Integrated Waste Management Act.

PRC section 41787 (a) describes the “Petitions for Rural Reduction,” which permit CalRecycle to permanently reduce the 50 percent equivalent per capita disposal target for rural jurisdictions that cannot feasibly divert half their waste.

In order to grant a Petition for Rural Reduction, CalRecycle must determine, based on “substantial evidence in the record,” that meeting the 50 percent goal is not feasible.

Substantial evidence in the record typically includes geographic and waste stream criteria, which are discussed in detail in the Petition for Rural Reduction page.

A petition for rural reduction shall be rescinded by CalRecycle if, during the annual review, it determines that the jurisdiction is no longer eligible for the rural reduction. (PRC 41787 (b).)

Jurisdictions who intend to pursue a Petition for Rural Reduction should work closely with their CalRecycle local assistance representative.

The following jurisdictions have an approved petition for rural reduction:

Jurisdictions with an Approved Petition for Rural Reduction

CountyJurisdictionDate GrantedApproved Diversion Goal
Percentage (%)
AlpineUnincorporatedAugust 199525%
GlennGlenn County Waste Management Regional AgencyOctober 200244%
HumboldtRio DellFebruary 200343%
InyoInyo Regional Waste Management AgencyJuly 199929%
ModocAlturasNovember 199416%
ModocUnincorporatedNovember 199413%
PlumasUnincorporatedApril 199839%
SiskiyouRegional AgencyOctober 199730%

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