Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA)

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The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) is certified by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to enforce state solid waste laws and regulations in San Diego County, excluding the City of San Diego.  The LEA has the primary responsibility for ensuring the proper operation, permitting and closure of solid waste facilities, operations and disposal sites. The LEA also has responsibilities for ensuring the review and approval of post-closure land use activities at closed solid waste disposal sites.  The LEA works to protect public health, safety and the well being of our communities and environment from the impacts of solid waste management/recycling and disposal by:

  • Preventing environmental damage from existing and future solid waste facilities and operations through careful and thorough permit management, inspection, enforcement, complaint response and education.
  • Maintaining all active Solid Waste Facility Permits within our jurisdiction with up to date information and consistent with current laws and regulations.
  • Completing all required inspections at each active and closed facility and taking appropriate enforcement actions as necessary.
  • Ensuring quick response to complaints received regarding facilities, operations or disposal sites within the jurisdiction of the LEA and taking appropriate enforcement actions as necessary.
  • Maintaining LEA certification in good standing with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle formerly the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB)).
  • Promoting interagency cooperation with all entities involved in solid waste management and disposal in San Diego County.
  • Maintaining communication with CalRecycle as well as other local enforcement and regulatory agencies.
Information on solid waste facilities, operations and disposal sites regulated by the LEA, including their current permit status, certain related documents and inspection results can all be reviewed on the CalRecycle Solid Waste Information System (SWIS) website.

Contact Us

For questions about a solid waste facility in the County, except for within the City of San Diego, please contact us at (858) 565-5173 or by email at


Solid Waste Complaints

For solid waste facility complaints, please fill out our Complaint Form and e-mail it to .

If you wish to report illegal dumping in the unincorporated areas of the County, please call County Code Enforcement at (858) 694-2705 or email


Proposed Projects – California Environmental Quality Act Public Review

The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health (DEH) Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) is responsible for the review and approval of applications for Solid Waste Facility Permits in all areas of the County of San Diego, with the exception of the City of San Diego. Depending on the project planning process, the DEH may serve as the lead agency for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Information on current proposed projects under CEQA review is provided below.

Proposed Project

Project Description






East Otay Mesa Recycling Collection Center and Landfill




DEH is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a new recycling collection center and class III solid waste landfill located in East Otay Mesa in southern San Diego County.

The proposed recycling collection center and class III solid waste landfill would occupy approximately 340 acres of the 450-acre site. The remaining 110 acres would remain undeveloped. The proposed project would be located in the unincorporated area of south San Diego County, approximately two miles east of the Siempre Viva Road exit from Interstate 905, one-quarter mile from Loop Road/Paseo De La Fuente and east of planned State Route 11.

If you would like to be added to the interested parties list for future updates on this project, please submit an email request to:







Ricardo Serrano


Public Notices - Proposed Solid Waste Facility Permit Activity

The following public notices are provided to interested parties related to solid waste facilities or operations.  Some of these notices are legally required and others are provided for information only.  These notices are grouped by facility name and number and can be viewed using the links provided below.

Facility Name and Number

Description of Solid Waste Facility Permit /  Amendment

Date Accepted

Statutory Timeline Waived


 Otay Organic Station


 Issuance of a Registration Permit

The operator has submitted an application package of a new Registration Permit for a Medium Volume Transfer Processing Facility that accepts the handling, processing and recycling up to 100 tons per day of organic material. This facility will operate Monday through Saturday from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. The facility operating area will consist of 10,000 square feet that is located within the Otay Landfill Inc. permitted property boundary.  The LEA accepted the complete and correct application package that included an application and a transfer processing facility plan



Anthony Torres

EDCO Construction/ Demolition/Inert Recycling Facility


Public Notice for an application for a Medium Volume Construction and  Demolition / Inert Debris Processing Facility


This project is an existing Medium Volume Construction and Demolition/Inert Debris Processing Facility. The operator’s proposed updates to the Facility Plan require the operator to submit a new Solid Waste Facility Registration Permit application package for LEA review and processing. Because a Registration Permit cannot be modified or revised, a new Registration Permit is necessary.

The changes to the Facility Plan include a decrease in the operating area from 3 acres to 1.6 acres. The facility tonnage hours of operation, and traffic will remain the same.




Mike Condon

Escondido Resource Recovery


Public Notice for SWFP Revision

The operator submitted an application package for the construction of two of four Anaerobic Digesters (AD) within the ERR facility complex. The construction of two AD had been previously approved by the LEA on June 7, 2017 as Phase 4 of the EDI Master Plan. The construction will require the operator to update the ERR Report of Facility Information and develop an In-Vessel Digester Report and Odor Impact Minimization Plan as part of the SWFP revision. A total of 650 tons per day will be received for anaerobic digesters. The revision will not result in change to maximum daily tonnage, hours of operation or permitted acres of the facility.



Anthony Torres