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Solid Waste

This program protects public health and safety, and the environment by ensuring that solid waste is collected, stored, processed, and disposed of properly. The Environmental Health Division is the designated Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) for Orange County.  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. 



Public Notice

Rio Santiago Site Assessment

1. Stockpiled Solid Waste Testing:

2. Subgrade and Geotechnical Testing:

Prima Deshecha Landfill 
Bee Canyon Greenery Public Meeting
Madison Materials Inc.
Newport Avenue Station #1
Rio Santiago
Valencia Greenery Public Meeting


The Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) issues Solid Waste Facility Permits (SWFPs). The permits specify the terms and conditions for operating a 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 us at (714) 433-6000. 


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 us at (714) 433-6000 


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.