California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

LEA & Facility Operator Training

Results: 2008 Training Needs Survey

Every year the California Integrated Waste Management Board seeks input from local enforcement agencies (LEA) nd solid waste facility operators regarding upcoming training. The surveys allow us to prioritize and plan training based on their needs.

100 responses were received.

The first list below, "Top Training Categories", is a list of the top categories where training is needed, as indicated by survey respondents. The list is sorted with highest vote getter first.

The remaining lists on this page identify the top three topics selected from each category in which training was needed and they are ranked in order of importance with number 1 as the top priority.

Top Training Categories

  1. Permitting
  2. Inspections
  3. Enforcement
  4. California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  5. Solid Waste Facility Management
  6. Health and Safety: LEA
  7. Close, Illegal and Abandoned (CIA) Sites
  8. Landfill Closure and Postclosure Maintenance
  9. Communication
  10. Miscellaneous


  1. The solid waste facility permit process and time frames
  2. Reviewing application packages for completeness/correctness
  3. Reviewing reports of facility information (e.g., joint technical documents, reports of disposal site information, transfer/processing reports) for 1) initial review and 2) amendment and processing review


  1. Solid waste facility inspections with a focus on CIWMB/LEA consistency-compliance vs. violation vs. area of concern
  2. What to look for in operator records
  3. Transfer/processing operations/facility inspections


  1. Enforcement actions and follow-up
  2. Evidence collection and case file preparation
  3. Investigative techniques and how to involve other agencies (e.g., code enforcement, Fish and Game, Regional Boards, etc.) in investigation and prosecution


  1. The roles and responsibilities of the LEA and the CIWMB in the CEQA process
  2. Understanding the relationship between the environmental document and the solid waste facility permit
  3. Overview of the CEQA process

Solid Waste Facility Management

  1. Emergency animal disposal
  2. Managing transfer stations
  3. Managing construction and demolition debris

Health and Safety

  1. Eight-hour annual health and safety field training
  2. Employee health and safety at solid waste facilities: Cal/OSHA requirements
  3. Personal inspector safety field seminar

CIA Sites

  1. Health risk assessment for legacy municipal solid waste sites proposed for development
  2. Investigating illegal disposal sites--enforcement case studies
  3. Postclosure land use and tracking systems for CIA sites

Landfill Closure and Postclosure Maintenance

  1. Closure and postclosure maintenance plan review process
  2. The roles of CIWMB, Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), and the LEA for completeness, determination and approval
  3. Landfill gas monitoring, control system design and assessment


  1. Inspection skills/investigative techniques
  2. Conducting meetings or inspections under adversarial circumstances
  3. Coordination with other agencies having jurisdiction at solid waste facilities


  1. Illegal dumping
  2. Landfill gas extraction systems, construction, and plan review
  3. Preparing/maintaining enforcement program plans, including annual inventory and enumeration

Specific Classes Requested

  1. Tire grantee training (enforcement, amnesty and cleanup)
  2. Operator waste classification
  3. Regulation background

Survey Home Page

Last updated: January 21, 2008
LEA Training,
Martin Perez: (916) 323-0834