Compliance and Enforcement
Mandated responsibilities of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) are to reduce waste, promote the management of all materials to their highest and best use, and protect public health and safety and the environment. To meet these responsibilities, the Legislature has given CalRecycle enforcement authority in the following programs.
Enforcement Authority Programs
Recycled-Content Newsprint: California's newsprint law mandates the use of a specified amount of recycled-content newsprint by printers and publishers located in California.
Recycled-Content Trash Bags: Manufacturers and wholesalers selling regulated trash bags in California must meet mandates for recycled content and be certified annually by CalRecycle before state agencies and departments, pursuant to California Department of General Services policy, can purchase regulated trash bags under contract from these companies.
Rigid Plastic Packaging Containers (RPPC). CalRecycle oversees the Rigid Plastic Packaging Container Act of 1991, which requires that RPPCs meet one of several criteria designed to reduce the amount of plastic being landfilled. CalRecycle maintains a manufacturers' certification program, encourages market development, and conducts outreach activities promoting recycling of plastics.
Solid Waste Facility Operation and Closure: CalRecycle's regulation of solid waste facilities includes certifying local enforcement agency (LEA) programs; reviewing permitting and closure/postclosure documents; providing inspection and oversight of local programs to ensure that state programs are effectively implemented; enforcing state standards and permit conditions in addition to (or in lieu of) the LEA; and administering a remediation program for orphaned, illegal, and abandoned sites.
Used Oil Recycling: CalRecycle's used oil recycling program helps protect California's environment and the health of its inhabitants by increasing the amount of used lubricating oil recycled by the public.
Waste Diversion Planning: CalRecycle's programs are designed to increase public participation in all aspects of diverting waste from landfill disposal, including waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting, as well as promoting the safe disposal of waste that cannot be diverted. This includes technical assistance to the residential, commercial, and manufacturing sectors, directly and/or through local government programs.
Waste Tire Hauling and Storage: CalRecycle is charged with responsibility for tire pile stabilization and remediation where public health and safety and the environment may be at risk. Consequently, CalRecycle adopted regulations to establish and enforce waste tire storage and handling standards.
Annual Enforcement Reports
The CalRecycle Enforcement Report summarizes enforcement activity data for the calendar year, describes enforcement program elements, and highlights future directions. (Prior to 2010, solid waste and waste tire management programs were summarized in CalEPA Enforcement Reports.)
The websites below provide additional information on compliance and enforcement issues handled by CalRecycle or CalEPA, as well as resources for LEAs and TEAs.
Local Government Waste Diversion Enforcement: Provides information on CalRecycle enforcement actions, guidelines, and management plans regarding compliance with the Integrated Waste Management Act, as well as reporting compliance and additional enforcement topics.
Local Enforcement Agency Site: This site provides resources such as contacts, databases, and information on CalRecycle programs that may be useful to LEAs in carrying out their enforcement responsibilities related to solid waste facilities and storage and transportation of solid wastes. LEAs fund their activities through a mix of local funding and annual state grants.
Tire Enforcement Agency Toolbox: This site was developed to assist local tire enforcement agencies (TEA) in their inspection and related responsibilities related to tire generators, haulers and end use facilities. Annual grants support TEAs to more effectively provide statewide enforcement coverage.
CalEPA Enforcement Site: This site has information on who enforces California's environmental laws, as well as information on training opportunities and enforcement guidance documents.