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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."


Data Dictionary: Site

Item Name Item Description
AKA
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.
Associate
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.
Site
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.
Board California Integrated Waste Management Board.
CIWMB California Integrated Waste Management Board.
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.
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).
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.
Disposal "Solid waste disposal" or "disposal" means the final deposition of solid wastes onto land, into the atmosphere, or into the waters of the state. (PRC 40192).
Enforcement Action An official and formal action of an enforcement agency to mitigate a potential threat to human health and the environment caused by the mismanagement of solid waste.
Enforcement Action Type An Enforcement Action that indicates its legal nature. Types of enforcement actions include: Notice and Order, Notice of Intent to List, Administrative Hearing, Cleanup and Abatement Order, Criminal Complaint, Listed, etc..
Enforcement Agency (EA) The entity responsible for enforcing solid waste handling laws and regulations in a particular jurisdiction in the state. EA usually refers to the CIWMB acting where there is no Local Enforcement Agency (PRC 40130).
External Latitude/longitude information provided by a source external to the Board. Longitude/latitude confidence indicator.
Focused Inspection A type of inspection conducted by state staff that would not qualify as an "Eighteen-Month Inspection". See also: Inspection Type.
GPS Latitude/longitude information which is collected by staff at the facility using a global positioning system. Longitude/latitude confidence indicator.
IMB Information Management Branch.
Incorporated The nature of a city that is recognized by the state as self-governing. See also: Place Type.
Inspection Type The characteristic of an inspection that indicates its purpose. Inspection types include: Local Enforcement Agency, Periodic, Focused, Enforcement Agency, Tire, and Closure. See also: Program.
Inventory For the purposes of the SWIS, a type of enforcement action whereby a facility is included on a list of non-complying facilities pursuant to PRC Section 44104. See also, Enforcement Action.
Land Owner Is the person, party, company, corporation, etc. that owns the land upon which the facility, site, or operation is located, and that is the land owner of record as recorded in the city/county.
Latitude The angular distance, north or south of the equator, measured in degrees along a meridian, as on a map or globe. Refer to Chapter 2 of the SWIS User's Manual for instructions on how to enter this data.
Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) The local government entity that acts in the capacity as solid waste enforcement agency [14 CCR 18011(a)(14)]. See also: Enforcement Agency (EA) PRC 40130.
Location The physical description of the area, location, street, road, etc. where the facility, site or operation is to be found. Do not use P.O. Box, assessor's parcel number (APN) or township-range. (Please put P.O. Box, APN, etc. in the site comment box.)
Longitude The angular distance on the earth or on a globe or map, east or west of the prime meridian at Greenwich, England. Refer to Chapter 2 of the SWIS User's Manual for instructions on how to enter this data.
Map A topographic or other map with sufficient accuracy to obtain decimal degree or degrees, minutes and seconds information. This is more accurate and has a higher level of specificity than place or external data. Longitude/latitude confidence indicator.
Name Name of the facility, site or operation. A name may change through time. The name for 'old' sites or facilities should reflect the most current usage locally. When a facility name changes, the old name should be added to the AKA list for that site.
Not a Solid Waste Disposal Site (NS) A Site Investigation Process (SIP) Site Category ("X") for a place, location, tract of land, area, or premises that was indicated as or thought to be a disposal site ("site"), but after investigation by the LEA/EA was determined to not exist or was determined to be illegal dumping or other activity where the quantity and/or quality of material does not constitute calling it a Solid Waste Disposal Site (see LEA Advisory #3).
Notice and Order A type of enforcement action that is taken pursuant to 14 CCR 18304. See also, Enforcement Action.
Notice of Intent (NOI) For the purposes of this document, a type of enforcement action taken by the Board that indicates an intent to include a solid waste facility on an inventory of non-complying facilities pursuant to PRC § 44104. See also, Enforcement Action.
Notification (Enforcement Agency Notification) A non-permit regulatory status for those activities that meet the regulatory status of Enforcement Agency Notification pursuant to 14CCR 18103.1 to be Operations. Activities (operations) where the quality and/or quantity of waste type(s) are below the requirements for a Solid Waste Facilities Permit ( Full , Standardized, and Registration) , but determine by the EA to required over site and not excluded from regulatory requirements of 14 CCR 18100 et. Seq. Regulatory Tier requirements.
Operator Is the person, party, company, corporation, etc. that is the operator/business owner of the activities (permitted or otherwise) occurring at the facility, site, operation. This is defined on the Solid Waste Facility application/permit.
Operator (Business owner) Is the person, party, company, corporation, etc. that is the operator/business owner of the activities (permitted or otherwise) occurring at the facility, site, operation.
Owner/Operator Type A way of classifying each owner/operator by their economic sector; since permits are issued to persons operating facilities, rather than facilities, this scheme also is a way of classifying permits; types include: -- City: a representative of an incorporated city of the state; -- County: a representative of one of the counties of the state; -- District: a representative of a special district of the state, e.g., school district, flood control district; -- Federal: a representative of the federal government, excluding military; -- Indian: a representative of a recognized native American tribe; -- Military: a representative of the US military, reserves or state national guard; -- Private: a representative of private, independent business; -- State: a representative of state government, exculding state military.
Place The nearest city, town, or locality from which a waste handling facility or site can be located. Places have characteristics of place type, latitude and longitude. All places are associated with a particular solid waste enforcement agency.
Place Type The nature of a place with respect to self government. Place types include: Incorporated, Unincorporated, Within an Incorporated Place, Also-Known-As (AKA). See also: Place.
Scroll Bar Used to bring into view different parts of a chart.
State "State" refers to a specific enforcement Program, prescribed by the Public Resources Code, for which the CIWMB has a responsibility, e.g. to conduct periodic inspections of solid waste facilities.
SWIS Number (#) Is a unique identification number assigned to a specific facility, site or operation. It comprises eight characters and is divided into three parts having the form "XX-YY-ZZZZ". The first two characters are numbers that represent the County in which the facility is located. The second two are alpha characters and is a code used by a particular LEA or Board Program. The last four characters are numbers generated by the database.
Unconfirmed (Solid Waste Disposal Site) A Site Investigation Proces (SIP) Site Category ("U") for a place, location, tract of land, area, or premises that was indicated as or is thought to be a disposal site ("site"), but no investigation by the LEA/EA to date has determined the site to exist. Or the "site" location has not been determined to date and further investigation and information is needed to determine if it is a Solid Waste Disposal Site (see LEA Advisory #3)
Unincorporated The nature of a place that is under the control of county government. See also: Place Type.
Within an Incorporated Area The nature of a locality within an incorporated city. See also: place type.
Unit
2136 Program This box shall only be checked when any money from the Solid Waste Cleanup Trust Fund (2136 Fund) has been used for the investigation, remediation, and/or cleanup of the subject site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amendment Most recent RFI amendment date.
Ashpalt Shingles A thin or oblong petroleum by-product used in roofing.
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.
Burn Dump Site A burn dump site is a solid waste disposal site (PRC 40122) where solid waste has been burned at low temperature and the residual ash and debris have been landfilled or stockpiled. Disposal would have ceased no later than the early 1970's (advent of federal and state air quality legislation) or earlier (local ordinances). Ash from controlled incineration at a permitted facility, such as a waste-to-energy plant, is not included. Burn dump sites also do not include disposal sites where disposal was initially by burning but then changed to other methods and the burn ash underlies the latter disposal.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Dairy In-Vessel Digestion Operation Except as otherwise specified in section 17896.6(a)(3), a dairy that receives imported solid waste feedstock for purposes of co-digestion, with manure in an in-vessel digester, in accordance with Waste Discharge Requirements issued by a Regional Water Quality Control Board. The Dairy In-vessel Digestion Operation may also co-digest agricultural material [17896.2 (a)(8)].
Depth Linear measurement from landfill surface to maximum depth of fill as specified in the solid waste facilities permit. [Mean sea level (msl) or below ground level (bgl)]
Digestate “Digestate” - the solid and/or liquid residual material remaining after organic material has been processed in an in-vessel digester.
Direct Transfer Facility Means a transfer facility that receives equal to or more than 60 cubic yards or 15 tons (whichever is greater) of solid waste per operating day but less than 150 tons of solid waste and meets the standards specified in 14 CCR 17402(a)(3).
Disposal Site "Disposal Site" or "site" includes the place, location, tract of land, area, or premises in use, intended to be used, or which has been used for the landfill disposal of solid wastes. "Disposal Site" includes solid waste landfill, as defined in Section 40195.1 (PRC 40122). "Disposal facility" or "facility" means any facility or location where disposal of solid waste occurs. (PRC 40121). "Solid waste disposal" or "disposal" means the final deposition of solid wastes onto land, into the atmosphere, or into the waters of the state (PRC 40192). See also: Classification.
Distribution Center In-vessel Digestion Operation A site that receives, for the purpose of digestion in an in-vessel digester, unsold products from retail stores to which the products were originally sent. All unsold products shall be collected and processed in covered, leak-proof containers, and remain in the custody of the owner at all times. All unsold products that are putrescible shall be refrigerated at the retail store and shall be maintained at a core temperature of 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit) or less during transport to the operation [17896.2 (a)(9)].
Elevation Permitted maximum height of landfill. [Mean sea level (msl), above ground level [agl] or below ground level (bgl)]
Emergency Construction and Demolition/Inert Debris Processing Operation A site that is established due to a proclamation of a state of emergency or local emergency as provided in CCR, Title 14, Division 7, Chapter 3.0, Article 3, sections 17210.1(j) and (k).
Emergency Transfer/Processing Operation Means an operation that is established because there has been a proclamation of a state of emergency or local emergency as provided in 14 CCR 17210.1(j) and (k) and which meets all of the requirements specified in 14 CCR 17402(a)(6).
Engineered Municipal Solid Waste Conversion "Engineered municipal solid waste conversion" or "EMSW conversion" means the conversion of solid waste through a process that meets all of the following requirements: (1) The waste to be converted is beneficial and effective in that it replaces or supplements the use of fossil fuels; (2) The waste to be converted, the resulting ash, and any other products of conversion do not meet the criteria or guidelines for the identification of a hazardous waste adopted by the Department of Toxic Substances Control pursuant to Section 25141 of the Health and Safety Code; (3) The conversion is efficient and maximizes the net calorific value and burn rate of the waste; (4) The waste to be converted contains less than 25 percent moisture and less than 25 percent noncombustible waste; (5) The waste received at the facility for conversion is handled in compliance with the requirements for the handling of solid waste imposed pursuant to this division, and no more than a seven-day supply of that waste, based on the throughput capacity of the operation or facility, is stored at the facility at any one time; (6) No more than 500 tons per day of waste is converted at the facility where the operation takes place; (7) The waste has an energy content equal to, or greater than, 5,000 BTU per pound; and (8) The waste to be converted is mechanically processed at a transfer or processing station to reduce the fraction of chlorinated plastics and materials (PRC 40131.2). See also: Activity
Excluded For the purposes of this document, an excluded "waste tire location" is a waste tire site that does not meet the definition of a major or minor waste tire facility yet does meet the definitions for exclusion as set forth in 14 CCR 18420. Additionally, this term may apply to Processing and Transfer Stations pursuant to PRC 40200(b)(1-3). See also: Regulatory Status. For the definition of an excluded "solid waste operation, location or facility" see "Tier", below.
Exempt After a public hearing the enforcement agency may grant an exemption from the requirement that a solid waste facility obtain a permit. Such an exemption may be granted if the facility falls within one of the classifications [14 CCR 18215(b)/27 CCR 21565] which may be exempted and all of the following findings are made: (1) The exemption is not against the public interest. (2) The quantity of solid waste is insignificant. (3) The nature of the solid wastes poses no significant threat to health, safety, or the environment. (14 CCR 18215) For landfills/disposal sites see 27 CCR 21565 and for others see PRC 42823.5(a) or PRC 42831(a) and (b). See also: Regulatory Status.
Food Waste The waste by-product, usually of plant or animal origin which forms part of a variety of foods, which is discarded after food growth, processing, preparation or production. Does not include agricultural waste.
Illegal Disposal Site An illegal disposal site (IDS) includes the place, location, tract of land, area, or premises in use that was not intended to be used for landfill disposal of solid waste and/or which has been used for the unpermitted disposal of solid wastes. An IDS does not include 'nuisance dumping' as described in LEA Advisory No.17. Also, An IDS does not include disposal sites that, although operated prior to Waste Board regulations, were approved by an appropriate regulatory agency (including under local ordinances and use permits).
Inactive "Inactive site" means a permitted facility that was "Active" and has received the last shipment of waste as certified in writing by the LEA, but has not completed the closure plan submittal review and approval process. These sites will be moving toward "Closing" and "Closed" status and will not be returning to "Active" status. The term "Inactive" is used to differentiate these from sites that are actively receiving waste or will do so in the near future (within one year). The use of "Inactive" belongs to the Permitting and Inspection Branch Staff and the site will be viewed for P&I Branch inspection and enforcement purposes as an "Active" site. The LEA may invoke section 18083(a)(4) and conduct less than monthly inspections . See also: Operational Status. For the purposes of this document, an "inactive waste tire facility" means that the facility is static with regard to inflow-outflow of tires.
Industrial Waste Codisposal Facility A disposal facility that holds and maintains a valid Hazardous Waste Facility Permit issued by the Department of Toxic Substances Control pursuant to section 25200 of the California Health and Safety Code.
Inert Debris Processing Facility A site that receives 1500 tons or more per operating day of any combination of Type A and/or Type B inert debris, or any amount of Type B inert debris, for storage, handling, transfer, or processing.
Inert Debris Type A Processing Operation A site that receives less than 1500 tons per operating day of only Type A inert debris for storage, handling, transfer, or processing.
Inert Waste Disposal Site Is a Solid Waste Disposal Site or discrete unit of a site that is limited to receipt of inert wastes as defined in the Solid Waste Facilities Permit and/or Waste Discharge Requirements of the Regional Water Quality Control Board or other controlling document(s). See also: Activity.
Inspection Frequency Frequency of inspections as determined by the Enforcement Agency. Frequency is determined based on activity, regulatory and operational status of the facility, site or operation. [see PRC 43218 and 14 CCR 18083(a)]
In-vessel Digestion The controlled biological decomposition of organic solid wastes in a sealed container(s) or sealed structure in which the entire digestion process occurs. Digestion includes: (A) Aerobic digestion - the controlled biological decomposition of organic material in the presence of oxygen. (B) Anaerobic digestion - the controlled biological decomposition of organic material in the absence of oxygen or in an oxygen-starved environment. Anaerobic digestion produces biogas and a residual digestate.
Land Application For the purposes of this document, "land application" means the spreading of a material at agronomic rates for the purpose of soil amendment. See also: Activity.
Large Volume Construction and Demolition Wood Debris Chipping and Grinding Facility A site that receives 500 tons per operating day or more of C&D mulch for purposes of processing it into C&D mulch.
Large Volume Construction and Demolition/Inert Debris Processing Facility A site that receives 175 tons or more of any combination of C&D debris and Type A inert debris per operating day for the purposes of storage, handling, transfer, or processing.
Large Volume In-vessel Digestion Facility A facility that receives an average greater than 100 tons of solid waste per operating day or greater than 700 tons (2,800 cubic yards) per week of solid waste for digestion in an in-vessel digester [17896.2 (a)(15)].
Large Volume Transfer Facility Which receive more than 100 cubic yards of waste per operating day. (14 CCR 17401) See also: Activity.
Large Volume Transfer/Processing Facility Means a facility that receives 100 tons or more solid waste per operating day for the purpose of storing, handling or processing the waste prior to transferring the waste to another solid waste operation or facility. [14 CCR 17402(a)(8)]. See also: Activity.
Limited Volume In-vessel Digestion Operation An operation that receives less than an average of 15 tons (or 60 cubic yards) of solid waste per operating day but shall not exceed 105 tons (or 420 cubic yards) per week of solid waste for digestion in an in-vessel digester. Additionally, the operation shall not exceed solid waste storage capacity limitations of the general design of the operation [17896.2 (a)(16)].
Limited Volume Transfer Operation Means a transfer operation that receives 60 cubic yards or less of solid waste on any operating day [14 CCR 17402(a)(9)]. See also: Activity.
Liquid Waste "Liquid Wastes" means waste materials which are not spadeable.
Major Waste Tire Facility A waste tire facility where, at any time, a sum of 5,000 or more waste tires are or will be stored [14 CCR 18422(f)]. See also: Activity.
Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) "Materials recovery facility" means a solid waste facility where solid wastes or recyclable materials are sorted or separated, by hand or by use of machinery, for the purposes of recycling or composting. [14 CCR 18720(a)(36)]. See also: Activity.
Medium Volume Construction and Demolition Wood Debris Chipping and Grinding Facility A site that receives at least 200 tons per operating day and less than 500 tons per operating day of C&D mulch feedstock for purposes of processing it into C&D mulch.
Medium Volume Construction and Demolition/Inert Debris Processing Facility A site that receives at least 25 tons per operating day and less than 175 tons per operating day of any combination of C&D debris and Type.
Medium Volume In-vessel Digestion Facility A facility that receives an average of between 15 tons (or 60 cubic yards) and 100 tons of solid waste per operating day but shall not exceed 700 tons (or 2,800 cubic yards) per week of solid waste for digestion in an in-vessel digester. Additionally, the facility shall not exceed solid waste storage capacity limitations of the general design of the facility [17896.2 (a)(19)].
Minor Waste Tire Facility A waste tire facility where, at any time, 500 or more, but less than 5,000 waste tires are or will be stored. However, a minor waste tire facility does not include a tire dealer or an automobile dismantler, as defined in Sections 220 and 221 of the Vehicle Code, who stores tires on the dealer's or dismantlers premises for less than 90 days if not more than 1,500 waste tires are ever accumulated on the dealer's or dismantlers premises. [14 CCR 18422(g)]. See also: activity.
Nonhazardous Ash Disposal/Monofill Facility Means a facility that handles only nonhazardous ash for purposes of disposal and is not a landfill pursuant to Public Resources Code section 40195.1 [14 CCR 17376(h)]. See also: Activity.
Nonhazardous Ash Transfer/Processing Operation Means an operation that handles only nonhazardous ash for purposes of transfer, treatment, or storage. This definition does not include transformation, biomass conversion, or other incineration facilities [14 CCR 17376(i)]. See also: Activity.
Not Currently Regulated Never regulated by the Board or no longer subject to the Board's regulation. In the case of waste tire locations below 500 tires or tire facilities that have reduced the tire count to under 500. This term may also apply to operations not currently regulated under the tiered permit program. See also: Regulatory Status.
Operational Status The state of a waste handling facility, operation or site with respect to its ability to conduct waste handling activities. Statuses include: Planned, Active, Inactive, Closing, Closed, Abandoned, Cleaned Closed, To Be Determined, Absorbed.
Permitted Indicates that a facility or site held a solid waste facility permit (14 CCR 18200 et seq.). See also: regulatory status.
Permitted Disposal Acreage A landfill or disposal site's disposal area as defined in the most current permit. (The permitted footprint of the waste.)
Permitted Throughput The permitted maximum amount of waste(s) in tons or cubic yards a permitted facility or EA notification (operation) is allowed to receive process or handle or dispose per day. The type of waste(s) and amounts vary depending on the activity type(s) allowed by the solid waste facilities permit or the EA notification. These are permitted amounts not design amounts not yet permitted. See the controlling permit or notification or applicable regulatory section for specifics on each activity type and CIWMB form E-77 (Rev. 8-04) or enforcement agency notification (CIWMB form 169) at: http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/LEACentral/Forms/#Permit.
Permitted Total Acreage The area defined in the solid waste facilities permit for permitted activities.
Permitted Unit Capacity The permitted maximum amount of waste(s) in tons or cubic yards a permitted facility or EA notification (operation) is allowed to receive, handle, process, store or dispose of. This will vary depending on each activity type(s) and/or waste type(s) in question. For solid waste landfills this is the permitted volumetric capacity in cubic yards (maximum volumetric capacity). For non-disposal facilities this is usually the annual daily average based on a 365 day year. For composting facilities or operations it is the maximum allowed to be stored on site on any given day. For transfer/processing activities it means the maximum allowed for handling and/or processing per unit time (day, week, month or year). These are permitted amounts not design amounts not yet permitted. See the controlling permit or notification or applicable regulatory section for specifics on each activity type and CIWMB form E-77 (Rev. 8-04) or enforcement and/or the most current joint technical document (JTD) 14 CCR 21585 for landfills.
Planned For the purposes of this document, "planned" means a facility in the planning stages. It may be awaiting a permit and not yet accepting waste or it may be permitted but not yet constructed or accepting waste. See also: Operational Status.
Pre-Regulations For the purposes of this document, "pre-regulations" is used for those disposal sites that ceased operations prior to August 15, 1977, when solid waste facility permits were required. Pre-regulation may also be used in the interim for those operations/facilities that may come under tiered requirements for permitting at a later date. See also: regulatory status.
Program Type Some facilities, sites and operations, including tire sites, may be associated with other Board programs. These programs include, but are not limited to: AB 2136 Remediation Program, Waste Tire Remediation Program, Farm and Ranch Clean-Up Program, CHP Aerial Identification Program, CIA Enforcement Program. This box will include data only if a facility, site or operation is associated with one or more of these programs.
Proposed A facility or operation that is in the planning and development phase and is not yet operational. See also: Regulatory Status.
Regulatory Status The state of a particular waste handling facility, operation or site with respect to the requirements that the waste handling activities are to be conducted under the terms and conditions of a permit, closure plan, never been required to have a permit, or currently not required to have a permit. Statuses include: Proposed, Permitted, Unpermitted, Exempt, Suspended, Revoked, Surrendered, Pre-Regulations, Excluded, Notification, Not Currently Regulated, To Be Determined.
Remaining Capacity Most current estimated remaining volumetric capacity (landfills only) as reported to the Financial Assurances Branch annually by owner/operator of the facility or the most current remaining capacity information from a new or revised permit or closure plan or permit Application information CIWMB form E-77 (Rev. 8-04). Includes the date of the most current documentation containing remaining capacity information. The form can be found at http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/LEACentral/Forms/#Permit.
Research In-Vessel Digestion Operation An in-vessel digestion operation that is operated for the purpose of gathering research information on in-vessel digestion.
Revoked Permit has been taken back (nullified) by the enforcement agency. The enforcement agency may suspend, revise, or revoke any permit pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 44300) (PRC 44013). If a permit has been revoked, it may be reinstated by application, no less than one year after the effective date of the revocation and no less than one year after any similar application. See also: Regulatory Status.
RFI Date This is the date of the most current Report of Facility Information. Two digits representing the month and four digits representing the year must be enetered. See also: site/unit specifications.
Sealed Container Transfer Operation Means a transfer operation that meets the following requirements: (1) only handles solid waste that has previously been placed within containers that have a latched, hard top which is closed tightly enough to: (A) prevent liquid from infiltrating into or leaking out of the container; and (B) prevent the propagation and migration of vectors; and, (2) the solid waste remains within these unopened containers while on-site at all times; and, (3) these containers are not stored on-site for more than 96 hours [14 CCR 17402(a)(26)]. See also: Activity.
Small Volume Construction and Demolition Wood Debris Chipping and Grinding Operation A site that receives less than 200 tons per operating day of C&D mulch feedstock for purposes of processing it into C&D mulch.
Small Volume Construction and Demolition/Inert Debris Processing Operation A site that receives less than 25 tons of any combination of C&D debris and Type A inert debris per operating day for the purposes of storage, handling, transfer, or processing.
Small Volume Transfer Station Stations which receive less than 100 cubic yards of waste per operating day (14 CCR 17401). The standards for small volume transfer stations do not apply to those locations where less than 15 cubic yards of combined container volume is provided to serve as community or multi-residence receptacles for residential refuse, nor do they apply to storage receptacles for waste from multi-residential buildings or for commercial solid wastes; a container used to store construction or demolition wastes at the place of generation; or containers used to store salvaged materials. (14 CCR 17421) See also: Activity.
Solid Waste Disposal Site "Disposal site" or "site" includes the place, location, tract of land, area, or premises in use, intended to be used, or which has been used for the landfill disposal of solid wastes. "Disposal site" includes solid waste landfill asdefined in Section 40195.1 (PRC 40122). For the purposes of this document, the solid waste disposal site 'activity" classification is used to categorize those disposal sites that are Closing, Closed, Abandoned or To Be Determined with regard to operational status. When a solid waste landfill ceases accepting waste (date of last receipt of waste) then the activity changes to Solid Waste Disposal Site and the operational status is closed or closing. See also: Activity.
Solid Waste Facility "Solid waste facility" includes a solid waste transfer or processing station, a composting facility, a transformation facility, and a disposal facility. (PRC 40194). See also: Classification.
Solid Waste Landfill "Solid waste landfill" means a disposal facility that currently accepts solid waste for land disposal, but does not include a facility which receives only wastes generated by the facility owner or operator in the extraction, beneficiation, or processing of ores and minerals, or a cemetery which disposes onsite only the grass clippings, floral wastes, or soil resulting from activities on the grounds of that cemetery [PRC 40195.1(a)]. "Municipal solid waste landfill unit" (Subtitle "D" facility) means a discrete area of land or an excavation that receives household waste, and that is not a land application unit, surface impoundment, injection well, or waste pile. A MSWLF unit also may receive other types of RCRA subtitle D wastes, such as commercial solid waste, nonhazardous sludge, small quantity generator waste and industrial solid waste. Such a landfill may be publicly or privately owned. A MSWLF unit may be a new MSWLF unit, an existing MSWLF unit or a lateral expansion [14 CCR 17258.2(g)/27 CCR 20164]. "Discrete unit" means a landfill area which is individually described in the closure and postclosure maintenance plans in 27 CCR Chapter 5, and lined or sufficiently separated by geologic materials to allow for individual monitoring of each "discrete unit" [14 CCR 17761(a)(12)/27 CCR 20164]. For the purposes of this document, the solid waste landfill "activity" classification is used to categorize those disposal sites that are Planned, Active, or Inactive with regard to operational status. See also: Activity.
Surrendered For the purposes of this document, "surrendered" means the voluntary relinquishment of a permit by the operator to the enforcement agency. See also: Regulatory Status.
Surrounding Land Use Specifies the land use types surrounding (directly adjacent to) a facility, operation or site. The type of land use around a facility/site includes: Industrial, Residential, Commercial, Open Space, Park, Military, etc. Allows up to four surrounding land uses to be entered.
Suspended To stop or interrupt permitted operations for a specified period of time (PRC 44300) See also: Regulatory Status.
Tier Indicates the regulatory tier the applicant is applying for: See drop down list: "Full" (Permit application package as required by 27 CCR 21570); "Notification" (Operational information as required by 14 CCR 18103); "Registration" (Permit application package as required by 14 CCR 18104); "Standardized" (Permit application package as required by 14 CCR 18105); "Excluded" (Not tracked in SWIS or by the CIWMB, but tracked, and files maintained by LEAs pursuant to 14 CCR 17381.2, 17382 and 18302).
Tire Dealer Means a person who for commission, money, or other thing of value, sells, exchanges, buys, or offers for sale, negotiates or attempts to negotiate, a sale or exchange of an interest in, including, but not limited to: new, used, retreaded, recapped, regrooved, or other type of motor vehicle tire(s) -and- has less than 1,500 tires on-site -and- the tire dealer has on file, with the CIWMB, a signed letter from the tire dealer certifying that the tires at the tire dealer premises are removed every 90 days or are turning over their inventory every 90 days. [See PRC 42808(c)] See also: Activity.
Tire Disposal Site Is a Solid Waste Disposal Site where waste tires or parts of waste tires are or have been disposed at a landfill, monofill or site. See also: Activity.
Tire Retreader For the purposes of exemption from tire facility permit requirements, a tire retreader is an owner or operator of a tire retreading business where the business premises (site /location) has no more than 3,000 waste tires on the business premises at any time and the tire retreader has written certification (a signed letter from the tire retreader) on file with the CIWMB that the tire retreader premises meets the requirements of PRC [See PRC Section 42831(a)]. See also: Activity.
Tire Storage Method of tire storage at a facility. More than one method can be indicated.
To Be Determined For the purposes of this document, "to be determined" means that there is presently not enough information to determine a Regulatory Status or Operational Status. This information may be gathered as part of the Site Investigation Process (SIP) which includes completion of the Site Identification form and Site Assessment form or further investigation by the enforcement agency. Additionally, the operational or regulatory status may be pending permit action, enforcement action, or ongoing investigation.
Total Acreage The total permitted or notification acreage (permitted boundary) or estimated acreage of a tire site or solid waste disposal site.
Transfer/Process "Transfer or processing station" or "station" includes those facilities utilized to receive solid wastes, temporarily store, separate, convert, or otherwise process the materials in the solid wastes, or to transfer the solid wastes directly from smaller to larger vehicles for transport, and those facilities utilized for transformation (PRC 40200). See also: Category.
Transformation "Transformation" means incineration, pyrolysis, distillation, gasification, or biological conversion other than composting. "Transformation" does not include composting (PRC 40201). See also: Category.
Transformation Facility "Transformation facility" means a facility whose principal function is to convert, combust, or otherwise process solid waste by incineration, pyrolysis, destructive distillation, or gasification, or to chemically or biologically process solid wastes, for the purpose of volume reduction, synthetic fuel production, or energy recovery. Transformation facility does not include a composting facility [14 CCR 18720(a)(77)]. See also: Activity.
Treatment Unit (in situ) "Treatment unit" includes, but is not limited to: sludge drying beds, ... septage ponds, drilling mud impoundments, and leachate evaporation ponds [14 CCR 17761(a)(55)/27 CCR 20164]. For the purposes of this document, in situ treatment units may ultimately receive an "operational status" of Closed or Closing depending upon applicable closure regulations based on resultant land conditions. Those in situ treatment units that are Closed will have operated as disposal facilities during their active operating years. Although those in situ treatment units that are "clean closed" may have operated as transfer/processing stations during their active operating years, a determination of "clean closed" or Closed cannot be made until resultant land conditions are assessed at the end of treatment unit activities. Therefore, in situ treatment units will be included in the SWIS II "category" of "disposal". See also: Activity.
Treatment Unit (processing) "Treatment unit" includes, but is not limited to: sludge drying beds, ... septage ponds, drilling mud impoundments, and leachate evaporation ponds [14 CCR 17761(a)(55)/27 CCR 20164]. For the purposes of this document, processing treatment units may receive an "operational status" of Closing, Closed, or Archived depending upon applicable regulations. Those processing treatment units that are "clean closed" will have operated as transfer/processing facilities during their active operating years. A determination of Closed will be made at the end of processing treatment unit activities and the resultant land conditions are assessed. Processing treatment units will be included in the SWIS II "category" of "transfer/process". See also: Activity.
Unit A unit is a waste handling activity associated with a facility. For any facility there will be least one unit, assigned the unit number "01"; additional units would be assigned numbers in ascending sequence, e.g., unit "01" green waste composting; unit "02" material recovery; unit "03" a closed waste disposal cell, all at the same facility. Refer to Chapter 2 of the SWIS User's Manual for more information. See also: Activity, and Characterization Scheme.
Unit # A unit number is an arbitrary but unique number assigned to a unit for a specific facility.
Units Unit of measurement of throughput, unit capacity and site capacity. Includes: cubic yards, cu yards/day, gallons/day, tons/day, tons/month, tons/year, tons, tires, tires/day, tire equivalents tons/week, tire/90 days, cu yards/month and cu yards/year.
Unpermitted Indicates that the facility, operation or site never had or does not have a Solid Waste Facility Permit. For the purposes of this document, if there is an activity that requires a permit or a change in site operator and a new permit has not been granted, the site or unit activity is considered unpermitted. In addition, if a "new" activity/operation commences that needs to be described in an amendment to the facility's Report of Facility Information (RFI) and/or needs to be incorporated into a modified or revised permit, then this "new" activity/operation is considered unpermitted. This status includes "illegal site" as defined in 14 CCR 18011(a)(11). Additionally, "old burn dumps" or old disposal sites (dumps closed or that stopped receiving waste before August 15, 1977) would be "Pre-Regulation" closed sites. See also: Regulatory Status.
Waste Tire Handling For the purposes of this document, "waste tire handling" is a broad general term for classification relating to the handling, processing, and/or storage of waste tires and, includes waste tire sites and other waste tire handling activities. See also: Classification.
Waste Tire Location Is a waste tire site with a waste tire count and/or waste tire equivalents count that is to be determined. This determination may include location investigation and whether the counts are above 500 or below 500. For the purposes of this document, a "waste tire location" is a waste tire site that is not defined as a major or minor waste tire facility and/or if it is an operation not currently regulated. This "activity" may be used primarily for facilities that meet the definitions for exclusion as set forth in 14 CCR 18420. Also see Major and Minor Waste Tire Facility. See also: Activity.
Waste Tire Site Is a general term used to describe places with any amount of waste tires or waste tire equivalents. For the purposes of this document, a "waste tire site" includes all places, locations, tracts of land, areas, or premises, either indoors or outdoors, where waste tires are or will be stored, stockpiled, accumulated, discarded, collected, or processed. Waste Tire Sites include Major and Minor Waste Tire Facilities, Waste Tire Location and excluded sites. See also: Category.
Waste Types (Permitted Waste Types) Solid wastes and other wastes permitted to be received, processed, handled and/or disposed of at a facility. See also: Site/Unit Specifications
WDR Class (Waste Discharge Requirement Class) Regional Water Quality Control Board classification of a waste management unit as I, II, III or UC (unclassified).
Wood Waste Disposal Site For the purposes of this document, "wood waste disposal site" includes the place, location, tract of land, area or premises in use, intended to be used, or which has been used for the land disposal of nonhazardous wood waste derived from timber production or wood product manufacturing.


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Cody Oquendo, Cody.Oquendo@CalRecycle.ca.gov  (916) 341-6719