California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

LEA and Facility Operator Training

Results: 2014 Training Needs Survey

The 2014 training survey captured useful information from local enforcement agencies (LEAs), tire enforcement agencies (TEAs), and solid waste facility operators. This information will be utilized to determine training priorities, and class formats.

Participants were asked to select five training classes they would like to receive and rank them in the order of importance with number 1 as the top choice, number 2 as the second choice, number 3 as the third choice, etc.

Forty-four (44) responses were received.

Local Enforcement Agencies (LEA)

Permitting

  1. Writing a solid waste facility permit
  2. Reports of Facility Information (RFI) and processing amendments
  3. Writing conditions into the solid waste facility permit
  4. Five-year permit review process
  5. Environmental documents and the solid waste facility permit

Suggestions for other topics:

  • Financial assurances including the use of the Financial Assurances Review Request Form.
  • Health and Safety training-learn to recognize potential hazards.

Inspections

  1. Composting facility inspections and pathogen reduction requirements
  2. Writing a good inspection report
  3. Transfer/Processing facility inspection
  4. What to look for when inspecting records
  5. Landfill inspections

Suggestions for other topics: none

Enforcement

  1. Overview of enforcement actions and follow-up techniques
  2. Enforcement actions for state minimum standards
  3. Gaining compliance with Notice and Orders
  4. Compliance Orders
  5. Writing an Enforcement Program Plan

Suggestions for other topics: none

Solid Waste Facility Management

  1. Green material handlers not falling under a compost facility
  2. Managing composting systems
  3. Processes to control and manage odor
  4. Emergency management
  5. Disaster debris management

Suggestions for other topics:

  • Treated wood waste disposal procedures and regulations.
  • How and when it is appropriate to allow facilities to add a food waste program.
  • Managing food waste at Transfer Stations.
  • Dealing with solid waste facilities that want to add waste to an existing operation.
  • Does a facility need additional CEQA to add a food waste activity?

Landfill Closure and Postclosure Maintenance

  1. Managing postclosure land-use projects
  2. Process review for closure and postclosure maintenance plan
  3. Landfill gas monitoring control plan for closed landfills
  4. Overview of regulations related to closed landfills
  5. Preliminary postclosure maintenance plan

Suggestions for other topics:

  • PCLU activities that include residential structures & safety of inhabitants.
  • Provide assistance to smaller LEAs that do not have engineers on staff to help coordinate closure plan reviews between CalRecycle and the Water Board.  CalRecycle cannot approve plans until the LEA does.  However, the LEA usually is not the expertise and has to wait for CalRecycle to tell them it is ok to approve.  It just creates confusion in the process.  Maybe a way that the LEA could turn over the lead for closure to CalRecycle.

Closed, Illegal and Abandoned (CIA) Sites

  1. Inspections at CIA sites
  2. Investigating CIA sites
  3. Health risk assessment for CIA sites proposed for development
  4. Case studies: investigating illegal disposal sites
  5. Landfill gas source identification

Suggestions for other topics: none

Tire Enforcement Agencies (TEA)

Permitting

  1. Overview of laws/regulations related to the permitting of a waste tire facility
  2. Overview of the waste tire facility permitting process
  3. Implementing requirements of the new California Fire Code at waste tire facilities
  4. Common elements and requirements of the waste tire facility permit
  5. Other: See suggestions below

Suggestions for other topics:

  • Registration of Waste Tire Haulers.
  • Legal disposal options for receiving facilities (i.e., overseas, in-state, etc.)
  • Role of local TEA related to CalRecycle permitting staff.
  • Overview of complete tire program as it relates to permitting of tire facilities.

Inspections

  1. Overview of the responsibilities of a waste tire inspectors
  2. Conducting effective waste tire facility inspections
  3. Is it an Area of Concern or a Violation-when to cite
  4. New changes in laws and/or regulations affecting waste tire inspections
  5. Dealing with threats, intimidation, or harassment during an inspection

Suggestions for other topics: none

Enforcement

  1. Overview of waste tire facility enforcement actions
  2. Overview of waste tire enforcement process and the role of the TEA
  3. Field surveillance techniques and strategies
  4. When to extend or refer to CalRecycle Notice of Violation re-inspections
  5. Notice of Violation (NOV) and compliance deadlines

Suggestions for other topics:

Tire Grants

  1. Overview of TEA Procedures and Requirements (P&Rs) and common pitfalls
  2. Overview of all tire grants available and eligibility requirements
  3. Avoiding common administrative pitfalls in TEA grant management
  4. How to apply for a tire grant
  5. TEA reporting requirements and getting TEA invoices paid

Suggestions for other topics:

  • Changing from one TEA grant to a new TEA grant highlight new rules.

Solid Waste Facility Operators

Job Related Classes

  • No selections by operators

Suggestions for other topics: none

General Section (all survey participants)

Health and Safety

  1. Inspector safety overview
  2. Asbestos training
  3. Landfill gas safety
  4. Bioaerosols
  5. Global Harmonized System (GHS)

Suggestions for other topics:

  • Household hazardous waste and universal waste management

Miscellaneous

  1. Illegal dumping
  2. LEA evaluations
  3. Environmental Justice
  4. California’s 75 Percent Initiative
  5. Verbal Judo

Suggestions for other topics: none

Training Format

  1. Classroom lecture
  2. Online, self-paced workbook
  3. One-on-One training
  4. Teleconferencing
  5. Other: See suggestions below

Suggestions for other formats:

  1. Onsite training at solid waste facilities.
  2. Online training with an "answer" person available for discussion of topic covered.
  3. Group hands-on training.
  4. I don't have an "other" but wanted to rank teleconferencing last.
  5. Combination of online & classroom.

Justification for Attending Training

  1. Relevance to your position
  2. REHS Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  3. Relevance to your department
  4. Travel distance to training class
  5. SWANA Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Suggestions for other justifications for attending training:
  • Additional educational opportunities outside typical formats i.e. Inspectors Academy.

Last updated: June 24, 2014
LEA Training, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/LEA/Training/
Martin Perez: Martin.Perez@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 323-0834