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Facility/Site Summary Details Definitions (Data Dictionary)

This page includes definitions of terms used in the Solid Waste Information System (SWIS) database. You can view site, inspection or enforcement definitions only by following the appropriate link, or you can view all of these definitions by selecting "All Data Definitions."


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Item Name Item Description
Abandoned "Abandoned site" means a site that has ceased accepting waste but is not closed pursuant to applicable statutes, regulations and local ordinances in effect at that time, and where there is no responsible party as determined by the local enforcement agency and board [14 CCR 18011(a)(1)]. Also see Title 27 CCR Section 20164 for Landfills.
Abandoned A site that has ceased accepting waste but is not closed pursuant to applicable statutes, regulations and local ordinances in effect at that time, and where there is no responsible party as determined by the local enforcement agency and board [14 CCR 18011(a)(1)]. See also Title 27 CCR Section 20164 for landfills.
Absorbed An operational status used only when existing facilities (permitted facilities) are being combined into a single facility under one of the existing permit numbers (SWIS Numbers) -or- combined under a separate new permit number (SWIS Number). The site screen comment boxes (for each SWIS Number) will have added to it, text explaining the relationship of the old and new facilities and SWIS numbers and the SWIS numbered facilities associated in SWIS and the AKA task tabs activated. Also one or all "old" permits should be "surrendered" as appropriate.
Action # A sequential number automatically assigned by the computer system.
Active For the purposes of this document, "active" means a facility/operation currently accepting, handling, processing, or disposing waste. For disposal facilities/operations this includes sites that have received timeline extensions pursuant to section 21110(b). See also: Operational Status.
Activity A specific waste handling practice that is regulated by the CIWMB. A solid waste facility or site or operation may include one or more waste handling activities(units). Activities include: Large Volume Transfer Station, Small Volume Transfer Station, Medium Volume Transfer Station and Processing Facility, Limited Volume Transfer Operation, Sealed Container Transfer Operation, Direct Transfer Facility, Emergency Transfer and Processing Operation, Treatment Unit (processing), Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), Composting Facility (Yard Green), Composting Facility (Other), Composting Facility (Animal), Composting Facility (Sludge), Composting Facility (Mixed), Composting Operation (Ag), Composting Operation (Research), Transformation Facility, Solid Waste Landfill, Land Application, Treatment Unit (in situ), Solid Waste Disposal Site, Wood Waste Disposal Site, Major Waste Tire Facility, Minor Waste Tire Facility, Waste Tire Location, Tire Monofill Disposal Site, Tire Dealer, Tire Retreader, Auto Dismantler, Inert Waste Disposal Site, Contaminated Soil Operation@Transfer, Contaminated Soil Facility@Disposal, ACW Disposal Site, Nonhazardous Ash Transfer/Processing, Nonhazardous Ash Disposal/Monofill, Emergency Construction and Demolition/Inert Debris Processing Operation, Inert Debris Processing Facility, Inert Debris Type A Processing Operation, Large Volume Construction and Demolition Wood Debris Chipping and Grinding Facility, Large Volume Construction and Demolition/Inert (CDI) Debris Processing Facility, Medium Volume Construction and Demolition/Inert (CDI) Debris Processing Facility, Small Volume Construction and Demolition Wood Debris Chipping and Grinding Operation, Small Volume Construction and Demolition/Inert (CDI) Debris Processing Operation. See also: Characterization Scheme.
ACW (Asbestos Containing Waste) Disposal Site ACW Disposal Site means a solid waste landfill that accepts asbestos containing waste as defined in 14 CCR 17897.10. See also: Activity.
Also-Known-As (AKA) This term is used for a Name or Names that a facility or site has been know by/as, through time and usage by the locals or the CIWMB. An AKA is not a SWIS Number. AKAs are not duplicate sites or facility numbers. SWIS is to have one and only one SWIS NUMBER per facility or site. (Also, one of the ways Place names are characterized, meaning that there is another, more commonly used, name for that place.) Places characterized as AKA should not be associated with facilities/sites, but rather the commonly used name or names used historically.
Amendment Most recent RFI amendment date.
Archived Site For purposes of this document, "archived" is used for the following: solid waste identification numbers that were incorrectly assigned (possibly duplicates), were assigned to disposal activities that are not regulated by the board or LEA's, were assigned to disposal sites that were later determined to be under the regulations of another regulatory authority, were assigned to disposal sites that cannot be located through the SIP, were assigned to disposal sites that have physically been removed by an act of nature (flood), or were assigned to a solid waste facility (i.e. transfer station) that is no longer functioning in this capacity. Additionally, "archived" is used for planned /proposed facilities that have not been active in the permit process for the last 3-5 years, closed solid waste facilities, disposal sites that are documented via a SIP Identification form, or other documentation on file, no longer need oversite. When the archive box for a particular facility is checked said facility will not appear in any search results on the Internet version of SWIS.
Area of Concern (A) Is a determination made during an inspection or other site visit, where in the judgment of the inspector conditions and/or records and/or operations at a site are of such a state as to be approaching non-compliance. The conditions do not yet warrant a violation, but are brought to the operator/owners attention to indicate that further lack of compliance could be called a violation at subsequent inspections.
Ashpalt Shingles A thin or oblong petroleum by-product used in roofing.
Associate Site(s) "Associate Site(s)" is/are facilities/sites that have their own SWIS number and are located on top of -or- on part of the land of an existing facility/site -or- located directly adjacent to the facility/site in question. [Associate Site(s) is proximity or location related and is not intended to keep track of common owner/operator information.] Associate site examples include but are not limited to: 1) a composting facility on a disposal site, -or- 2) a MRF on a landfill -or- 3) a separated tire facility next to another facility or site. A facility/site and its associate facility/site usually are each separately permitted -or- in the case of an old dump (have a SWIS Number) which now has a composting facility/operation or Transfer Station or other activity on or adjacent to it.
Auto Dismantler Is an owner or operator who's business meets the definition of "automobile dismantler" in California Vehicle Code Sections 220 and 221 and has less than 1,500 tires at their business premises at any time and the automobile dismantler has on file, with the CIWMB, a signed letter from the automobile dismantler certifying that the tires at the automobile dismantler premises are removed every 90 days or are turning over their inventory every 90 days. [See PRC 42808(c)] See also: Activity.


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Solid Waste Information System(SWIS), http://www.CalRecycle.ca.gov/SWFacilities/Directory/
Cody Oquendo, Cody.Oquendo@CalRecycle.ca.gov  (916) 341-6719