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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
Category A set of waste management activities that are related through similar waste handling methods. Categories include: Transfer/Process, Composting, Transformation, Disposal, Waste Tire Site. See also: Characterization Scheme.
Ceased Operation Date and Type (Ceased Op Date) For active disposal facilities the ceased operations date is the estimated date when the facility will reach its permitted capacity. That date is found in or estimated from information in the current permit or permit application, including the approved closure plan for the facility. For disposal facilities that are closing the date is the actual date the facility ceased receiving waste as reported by the EA or other official source. For closed disposal sites (not former solid waste landfills) it is the actual date that the facility ceased receiving waste or the estimated date as best can be determined from historical records. For active non-disposal facilities the ceased operations date reflects the estimated useful life of the facility as identified in the current permit, application or other official records. (This information may not be available in which case the ceased operations date may be left blank.) For closed non-disposal facilities it is the actual date the facility ceased receiving or processing waste as reported by the EA. The ceased op date is not the same as the certified closure date, the date when a solid waste landfill is certified closed by the LEA, RWQCB and CIWMB. That date (certification approval date) is found on another screen (closure plan detail).
Characterization Scheme A rational method of organizing waste management activities, by category and class to assist in the retrieval of information. See also: Classification, Category, Activity, (see the table below).
CIWMB California Integrated Waste Management Board.
CIWMB Closed Site (Inspection Program) Inspections conducted by the CIWMB at closed sites.
CIWMB Enforcement Agency (Inspection Program) An inspection conducted by the CIWMB while acting as the enforcement agency.
CIWMB Focused (Inspection Program) An inspection by the CIWMB that is not routine such as a follow-up or pre-permit inspection.
CIWMB Periodic (Inspection Program) A routine inspection by the CIWMB. Landfills are mandated to be inspected every 18-months by the State.
Classification A set of categories of waste management activities that are rationally related by law or regulation. Classes include: solid waste facility, disposal site, waste tire handling. See also: characterization scheme.
Clean Closed Means a solid waste disposal site that has documentation of the removal of solid waste on file with the Board. When a site is clean closed, the site is considered to cease to exist as a solid waste disposal site, but records are kept to document the status of the site. Clean closed disposal sites and tire facilities and locations should be archived.
Closed Closed - "Closed site" for the purposes of this document and SWIS data, means a solid waste facility, site or operation that has ceased accepting, handling, or disposing of waste (and is not inactive) and/or has documentation that closure was conducted in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations, and local ordinances in effect at the time [14 CCR 18011(a)(6)]. Generally, "closed site" is used for SWIS: inventory, inspection, enforcement, etc. for data pursuant to 14 CCR 18083(a)(3) for all closed facilities, sites and operations. For the purposes of this document, a "closed waste tire facility (major or minor)" means a waste tire facility that has complied with applicable requirements when closing the waste tire facility (14 CCR 18440). See also: Operational Status.
Closing For the purposes of this document, "closing" means a site that has ceased accepting waste and is undergoing closure consistent with an approved final closure plan [reference 27 CCR 21099(b)]. Closing applies to landfills or disposal sites undergoing closure operations pursuant to closure plan development and implementation up to certification of closure. The usage of "Closing" belongs to Engineering Services Branch staff. See Also: Operational Status.
Comments Any additional comments that Board staff want to add.
Comments Any additional comments that Board staff want to add.
Company/Name The name of the company or the name of the person if there is no company name. This field must be completed. For details on how to fill in this data field refer to Chapter 2 of the SWIS User's Manual. See also: Operator/Business Owner.
Compliance Dates Date of compliance. Original=Date the original timeline was given by EA/CIWMB to correct the violation. Required=The date or dates that the specific detail line(s) [regulation or statute section(s) ] are required to be in compliance. [Taken directly from the issued (executed) document]. For a Notice of Intent to List it would be 90-days from the date the operator receives a letter from the Board. For all other enforcement actions, it would be the date the EA sets in their enforcement order. Actual=Date the EA/CIWMB states the violation is corrected.
Compost "Compost" means the product resulting from the controlled biological decomposition of organic wastes that are source separated from the municipal solid waste stream, or which are separated at a centralized facility. "Compost" includes vegetable, yard, and wood wastes which are not hazardous wastes. (PRC 40116).
Composting Facility (Animal) "Animal Material Composting Facility" is a facility that processes animal material and additives and amendments into compost. A facility that composts green material in addition to animal material shall be considered an animal material composting facility [14 CCR 17852(j)]. See also: Activity.
Composting Facility (Mixed) "Mixed Solid Waste Composting Facility" is a facility that processes mixed solid waste into compost. A facility that composts sewage sludge, animal material, or green material, in addition to mixed solid waste, shall be considered a mixed solid waste composting facility [14 CCR 17852(z)]. See also: Activity.
Composting Facility (Other) For the purposes of this document, "other composting" includes those facilities that use vegetal, animal, sludge, and/or mixed waste in addition to or in lieu of green material. See also: Activity.
Composting Facility (Sludge) "Sewage Sludge Composting Facility" is a facility that processes only sewage sludge and additives and amendments into compost product. A facility that composts animal material or green material, in addition to sewage sludge shall be considered a sewage sludge composting facility [14 CCR 17852(hh)]. See also: Activity.
Composting Facility (Yard-Green) "Green material composting facility" means a facility that is operated for the purpose of producing compost from the green material fraction of the waste stream. Green composting facilities may use amendments and additives in the production of compost [14 CCR 17852(v)]. "Green material" or "green" means any wastes separated at their source of generation which are derived from plant material, including but not limited to, leaves, grass clippings, weeds, tree trimmings, untreated wood waste, or shrubbery cuttings [14 CCR 17852(u)]. See also: Activity.
Composting Operation (Ag) "Agricultural Material Composting Operation" means an operation that processes green and animal materials derived from agricultural commodities, additives, and/or amendments into compost. "Agricultural Material Composting Operation" include operations that use clean green material if the clean green material portion does not exceed the agricultural commodities portion of active compost on-site annually [14 CCR 17852(f)]. See also: Activity.
Composting Operation (Green Waste) "Green Material Composting Operation" or "Facility" is an operation or facility that processes only green material and additives and amendments into compost [14 CCR 17852(v)]. See also: Activity.
Composting Operation (Research) "Research Composting Operation" means a composting operation, that is not-for-profit, and is operated for the purpose of gathering research information on composting [14 CCR 17852(ff)]. See also: Activity.
Confidence Longitude/latitude confidence indicator. The four options are: place, external, map or GPS.
Contact Name, address and phone number of designated contact person for operator/business owner and/or land owner.
Contaminated Soil Facility, Disposal "Contaminated Soil Disposal Facility" means a facility that handles only contaminated soil for purposes of disposal. It does not include manufacturing operations [14 CCR 17361(d)]. See also: Activity.
Contaminated Soil Operation, Transfer "Contaminated Soil Transfer/Processing Operation" means an operation that handles only contaminated soil for purposes of treatment, storage or transfer. It does not include manufacturing operations [14 CCR 17361(c)]. See also: Activity.


Last updated: Data updated continuously.

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