Solid Waste

The Orange County Board of Supervisors and the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) designated the Environmental Health Division as the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) for Orange County.

This program protects public health and safety, and the environment by ensuring that solid waste is collected, stored, processed and disposed properly. Solid waste facilities in Orange County are required to hold permits from the LEA.

LEA Staff regulates the activities of municipal landfills, transfer stations, and composting facilities by

  • Issuing permits
  • Conducting inspections
  • Investigating complaints
  • Providing public education
  • Providing assistance to solid waste facilities.


The Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) issues Solid Waste Facility Permits (SWFPs). The permits specify the terms and conditions for operating the solid waste facility. All permits are subject to review every five years. If the facility has undergone significant changes, the permit must be revised to reflect the current state of operations. Permits are required for solid waste landfills. Transfer Stations, composting facilities and other non-disposal facilities and operations may require a permit or an Enforcement Agency (EA) Notification.

If you have any questions regarding Solid Waste Facility Permits, please contact Kathryn Cross, Supervising Hazardous Waste Specialist, at 714-433-6270 or


Active solid waste facilities are inspected monthly, whereas closed solid waste facilities are inspected quarterly. Additional inspections are conducted under the following conditions:

  • Serious problems are noted during the routine inspection.
  • The facility operations require monitoring by LEA Staff.
  • Nuisance complaints are received from the public.

Facilities with serious, repeated and/or uncorrected violations can be subject to enforcement orders.

If you have any additional questions regarding the solid waste inspection program, please contact Kathryn Cross, Supervising Hazardous Waste Specialist, at 714-433-6270 or


If you have a complaint regarding a solid waste related issue, please contact the LEA Complaint Hotline at 714-433-6404 or submit an Online Complaint.

Complaints regarding odors from a solid waste facility should be directed to the South Coast Air Quality Management District at 1-800-CUT-SMOG or the Air Quality Management District.