The Amador County Environmental Health Department has been designated by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) as the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) for permitting of solid waste handling and disposal facilities. The LEA is responsible for enforcement of solid waste disposal and handling regulations. The program implements the provisions of the Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989. Program authority is cited under the Public Resources Code and the California Code of Regulations.
The scope of the program includes, but is not limited to the following:
• Permitting and inspection of active solid waste disposal sites. Currently there are no active landfills in the county.
• Permitting and inspection of two transfer stations for adherence to State minimum standards for solid waste handling.
• Permitting and inspection of a compostable material operation for adherence to State minimum standards for solid waste handling.
• Investigation and remediation of solid waste complaint sites (illegal disposal sites).
• Monitoring of Closed, Illegal and Abandoned (CIA) solid waste sites. Currently there are two landfills undergoing closure. There are 12 closed or abandoned solid waste disposal sites inspected by the LEA.
• Oversight of proper storage, collection and disposal of residential, commercial and industrial solid waste.
• Inspection of the collection vehicles used by franchise haulers. There are approximately 31 collection vehicles.
The goal of the program is to prevent the spread of diseases, water pollution, air pollution, vectors, public health nuisances and safety hazards.
The Solid Waste Transfer Stations:
PINE GROVE PUBLIC TRANSFER STATION WESTERN AMADOR RECYCLING FACILITY
19801 BERRY STREET OFF Hwy 88, in PINE GROVE 6500 BUENA VISTA ROAD off Hwy 88, SE of IONE
Agricultural Compostable Materials Operation:
VICINI BROS. GREEN MATERIAL RECYCLING
15850 WILLOW CREEK ROAD off Hwy 16, west of PLYMOUTH
Accepting commercially generated green waste by appointment, (209) 245-3850.
Local Enforcement Agency Program Forms:
• CalRecyle web page that includes links to all of the forms found throughout LEA Central and Solid Waste Facilities, Sites and Operations.
Local Enforcement Agency Program Links:
• California Code of Regulations - see Title 14, Section 17601 et seq. and Title 27, Section 20005 et seq. at www.calregs.com (click on California Code of Regulations, click on “Go to a Specific Section under Query Templates, enter Title, enter Section, enter Search)
• Amador County Code Title 7.24 – Amador County Solid Waste Ordinance http://www.codepublishing.com/CA/amadorcounty.html
• Amador County Public Works - Solid Waste Management Department and links to Recycling Centers. The Solid Waste Management Department coordinates the two solid waste planning bodies:
1.) The Amador County Solid Waste Local Task Force (LTF)
2.) The Amador County Solid Waste Management Regional Agency (RA)
• California Natural Resources Agency has now within it the Department of Recycling Resources and Recovery (CalRecycle) formerly the Cal/EPA - California Integrated Waste Management Board www.CalRecycle.ca.gov