California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Landfills and Other Solid Waste Facilities

Solid Waste Disposal Tonnage Summary Data

In 1990, Californians generated approximately 50.9 million tons of waste, or about 1 ton per second, and disposed of approximately 40.1 million tons. As of 2013, Californian's disposed an estimated 4.4 pounds/person/day, resulting in disposal of approximately 30.2 million tons per year. Diversion rates have increased over six-fold since the Integrated Waste Management Act was passed in 1989.

On a quarterly basis, each operator of a California disposal facility that is required to have a permit must pay the integrated waste management (IWM) fee for each ton of nonhazardous solid waste landfilled at their facility. The statistical information on annual waste disposed presented here is derived from disposal tonnages reported and the fees paid by landfill operators.

California's Landfilled Solid Waste: 1990 to 2013

The chart below shows the trend in solid waste going to landfills through the end of 2013. The decline in waste disposal in 2006 coincides with the decline in housing starts in California. From 2006 to 2012, the economic downturn in California contributed significantly to the decline in waste disposal rates. See more detailed information about disposal and diversion rates.

 

Chart depicting the amount of waste disposed in California landfills from 1990 through 2013.

 

Taxable Solid Waste Disposed (in thousands of tons)

The amount of solid waste going to landfills is listed by calendar years.

1990: 40,108

1991: 36,506

1992: 36,058

1993: 34,602

1994: 34,391

1995: 33,607

1996: 32,879

1997: 33,694

1998: 35,555

1999: 35,508

2000: 36,954

2001: 38,128

2002: 37,829

2003: 40,276

2004: 41,159

2005: 42,158

2006: 41,633

2007: 39,215

2008: 35,710

2009: 31,110

2010 30,161

2011: 29,915

2012: 29,316

2013: 30,265

 



Solid Waste Disposal: Landfill Tonnage Reports

Disposal information is obtained from tonnages filed by disposal facility (landfill) operators for the purpose of Integrated Waste Management (IWM) Fee assessment.

Last updated: October 2, 2014
Landfills, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/SWFacilities/Landfills/
Martin Perez: Martin.Perez@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 323-0834