Solid Waste/Recycling Division

The Department administers and operates nine landfills. Each landfill requires a separate permit which is subject to review every 5 years. Recent factors which have required such permit revisions include increased development in outlying, rural areas which increase the amount of daily tonnage and increased daily vehicle count. Implementing transfer stations also may trigger permit revisions. The permit process takes a minimum of a year and requires complying with the California Environmental Quality Act as well as concurrence with the Local Enforcement Agency (County Environmental Health), the California Recycle on Solid Waste (CRSW) and the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB). Public Works Staff provides the environmental documentation and depending upon the complexity of the necessary documentation for re-permitting an outside consultant may provide assistance.

California and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waste management statutes enacted over the last few years have established some of the toughest standards in the nation for the operation of landfills which handle non-hazardous waste. The California Recycle on Solid Waste (CRSW), the Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB), local Air Pollution Control Districts, and the Local Enforcement Agencies (LEA) all perform inspections of waste management facilities to ensure that they are being operated in compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulations. The Imperial County Public Works Department must assure that each landfill is in compliance with regulatory requirements set forth under California Code of Regulations Title 27 (27CCR), (14 CR), (23 CCR), Chapter 15, Chapter 4 and the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40 (40CFR), Part 258. Which include but is not limited to: permitting, reporting of waste disposal, meet current maintenance of landfills, meet maintenance of closure and post closure requirements.