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History of California Solid Waste Law, 1927-1949

Statutes of 1949

AB 521 (Bennett)--Garbage Disposal Districts--Revised provisions related to the procedure for the annexation of territory to an existing garbage disposal district. (Chapter 359)

AB 1054 (Silliman)--Garbage and Refuse Disposal Districts--Renamed "garbage disposal districts" as "garbage and refuse disposal districts." Required the formation of any district to be filed with the county recorder and the Secretary of State. Required the appointment of a governing board of trustees of not less than three members within 30 days after the filing with the Secretary of State, and provided for the selection of the members. Authorized the board of directors to: make and enforce all rules and regulations for the administration and government of the district, and for the operation and maintenance of the disposal site acquired by the district; appoint agents, employees and experts; enter into contracts; acquire property; perform all acts necessary; maintain and operate a garbage disposal site and facilities; and fix and collect fees for the use thereof; borrow money; and guarantee the performance of legal or contractual obligations.

Required the board of directors to furnish the board of supervisors and county auditor with an estimate of the funds necessary for the next fiscal year, at least 15 days prior to the first of the month in which the supervisors must levy taxes for county purposes. Required the board of supervisors to levy a "garbage and refuse disposal district tax" not to exceed fifteen cents ($0.15) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of taxable property of the district in the county. Authorized the district to maintain a cash-basis fund for expenses, not to exceed 60 percent of estimated expenditures for a fiscal year. Authorized a district to submit a proposition to the voters of a district when it finds it necessary to increase the indebtedness for the purpose of the district. Required any general obligation bonds issued by the district to be approved by the voters of the district in a special election. Prescribed the requirements of the proposition, the election, and the issuance of bonds.

Also revised provisions regarding the annexation of land to any district, and dissolution of a district. Urgency measure, due to the termination of three private garbage disposal facilities.(Chapter 964)

SB 697 (Coomb)--Contracts for Garbage and Refuse Disposal--Authorized the legislative body of any incorporated city to contract for the collection or disposal of garbage, waste, refuse, rubbish, offal, trimmings, or other refuse matter under terms prescribed by resolution or ordinance. (Chapter 860)

Statutes of 1947

SB 171 (Tenney)--Garbage Disposal Districts--Revised provisions related to annexation of land to a district. (Chapter 1047)

Statutes of 1939

SB 657 (Mixter and Foley)--Garbage Disposal Districts--Transferred the provisions of AB 36 of 1927 regarding the formation of garbage disposal districts to the newly created Health and Safety Code. Also restricted the grant of a franchise or privilege for the disposal or distribution of garbage, waste, offal, and debris to the board of supervisors of a county. Authorized a board of supervisors to call for bids for the granting of a franchise, exclusive or otherwise, for a period of time not to exceed 25 years.

Prohibited the operation of a crematory for the destruction by fire of garbage, ashes, offal, other refuse matter in a city, city and county, or town except as provided. Prohibited the operation of a crematory in the state except in such a manner as will prevent the propagation of disease through contamination of the atmosphere of any city, city and county, or town by the gases or fumes arising from the fires or ovens of the crematory. Provided that every person who burns by fire heat or destroys by cremation any garbage, ashes, offal, or other refuse in violation of these provisions is guilty of a misdemeanor. Provided that every person who destroys, or who attempts to destroy, the carcass of any dead animal, or the offal from any slaughter pen, corral, or butcher shop by fire within 1/4 mile of any city, town, or village, except in a crematory, the construction and operation of which is satisfactory to the Board of Health of a city or a health officer of a town, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one year, or by fine not exceeding $1000, or both.

Provided that every person who dumps garbage in or upon the navigable waters of the state, or deposits it on a vessel with the intent that it be dumped in navigable waters or at any point in the ocean within 20 miles of the coastline of the State, is guilty of a misdemeanor. Provided that any person in charge of a vessel who permits such loading is guilty of a misdemeanor. Prohibited any vessel loaded with any garbage intended to be dumped in navigable waters from leaving any point within the state unless it carries an inspector appointed by the State Department of Public Health or by a city to enforce these provisions. Provided that any person in charge of a vessel which fails to have an inspector on board is guilty of a misdemeanor. (Chapter 60)

Statutes of 1927

AB 36 (Scofield)--Garbage Disposal Districts--Authorized the formation of garbage disposal districts, including any portion of a county, or city and county, provided that less than the whole of any incorporated city shall not be included in such district except by unanimous consent of the governing body of the city. Authorized the board of supervisors of any county to determine by resolution that any incorporated or unincorporated portion of the county is in need of facilities for the disposal of garbage, and should be formed into a garbage disposal district. Required the board of supervisors to hold a hearing not less than three weeks after adopting the resolution, and required public notice to be published once a week for three weeks in a newspaper in the territory proposed for the district which is most likely to give notice to the inhabitants thereof. Required the notice of the hearing to also describe the boundaries of the proposed district.

Authorized the filing of objections to the formation of the district, and required the board to consider all objections. Authorized the board of supervisors to exclude territory which would not be benefitted by incorporation within the proposed district. Required the board of supervisors to submit the proposed district to the voters of the district, and to order the formation of the district based on approval by a majority of those voting and a majority within each municipality.

Provided that the board of supervisors would be the governing body of a garbage district, and empowered to make and enforce all rules and regulations necessary for the administration and government of the district, for collection and disposal of garbage and other refuse, to appoint agents and employees, to acquire and own, control, manage and dispense of real property necessary and convenient for the collection and disposal of garbage and other refuse matter in the district, and to perform all acts necessary to accomplish the purposes of the bill.

Required the board of supervisors to levy an annual tax on each taxable property within the garbage district sufficient to defray the costs of disposal and maintenance of the district. Authorized the dissolution of a district, and the withdrawal of prescribed territory through a specified petition and hearing process. Also provided for the annexation of contiguous districts. (Chapter 213)

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