The following is intended as background and guidance when reading the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery's (CalRecycle) Inventory of Solid Waste Facilities Violating State Minimum Standards. CalRecycle is required to update and publish the inventory twice annually pursuant to Public Resources Code (PRC) Section 44104.
What is the inventory? The inventory is a list of solid waste facilities in the State of California which are violating the state minimum standards for solid waste handling and disposal. State minimum standards regulate the design and operation of solid waste facilities in order to protect public health and safety and the environment.
How does a facility get placed on the inventory? Three steps must be taken as part of due process in placing a facility on the inventory.
Step One: A local enforcement agency (LEA) documents, in two consecutive monthly inspection reports, violations of one or more standards identified as "state minimum standards" for solid waste handling and disposal in Title 14 or Title 27, California Code of Regulations (14 CCR or 27 CCR).
Step Two: When CalRecycle staff note at least one violation for two consecutive months, a letter is sent to the operator of the facility notifying them of CalRecycle's intent to place the facility in the inventory if the violations are not corrected within 90 days of receipt of the notice. These letters are referred to as "notice of intent" or NOI.
Step Three: On or after the 90th day subsequent to the operator's receipt of the NOI, if one or more of the violations noticed have not been corrected as documented in an inspection report submitted by the LEA, then CalRecycle staff will send another letter to the operator, telling them that their facility has been placed on the inventory. Letters telling an operator that a facility is on the inventory are referred to as "inclusion letters." CalRecycle staff may consult with the LEA verbally before sending out either an NOI or an inclusion letter to make sure that each is based on accurate and up-to-date information.
Following are explanations of the data in each of the columns on the inventory and the enforcement action details pages:
- Facility Name
- Facility name and type of facility.
- County where the facility is located.
- SWIS Number
- Solid Waste Information System (SWIS) number assigned to a facility. SWIS is an information database on solid waste activities conducted in the State of California and maintained by CalRecycle.
- Issue Date
- Date facility included on the inventory.
Enforcement Action Detail Screen
To view this screen select the facility name on the inventory page.
- Regulation Number
- State Code (14 CCR and/or the 27 CCR) section number that is being violated as a state minimum standard. Standards defined as state minimum standards under 27 CCR Section 20164, and/or those listed under 14 CCR Chapter 3 are considered state minimum standards for purposes of the inventory. For disposal facilities there may be a 14 CCR regulation number followed by a forward slash and then a 27 CCR number. In those cases a facility was placed in the inventory under the 14 CCR regulation number before the effective date (July 18, 1997) of the equivalent 27 CCR regulation number.
- Regulation Name
- Name of the standard being violated. Again, some entries will have two regulation names for the same reason they have two regulation numbers as is explained above for column 4.
- Original Compliance Date
- Date the original timeline was given by CalRecycle to correct the violation.
- Required Compliance Date
- Date assigned by CalRecycle that the violation must come into compliance.
- Actual Compliance Date
- Date compliance is achieved.
One of the goals of the CalRecycle’s strategic plan is to ensure compliance with waste management statutes and regulations and maximize protection of public health and safety and the environment. One of the strategies CalRecycle is committed to in promoting that goal is to reduce the number of solid waste facilities on the inventory for non-landfill gas related violations, as of January 1997, by 25 percent by the year 2001. The ultimate goal is to eliminate all facilities from the inventory by targeting technical assistance efforts on all listed facilities.
To request more information about one of the sites on the inventory, contact Inspection and Enforcement staff.