Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA)

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The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health and Quality 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


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

Date Accepted

Statutory Time Line Waived


Otay Landfill Composting Operation




Public Notice of new Compostable Materials Handling Facility Permit


The purpose of the project is to accept, process, and recycle up to 200 tons per day of green waste, food waste and organic / agricultural waste for composting using a mobile covered aerated composting system (GORE® Covers technology).  The facility will operate Monday to Saturday from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Facility operating area will occur within 230 acres of the Otay Landfill disposal area.





















Anthony Torres


Palomar Transfer Station, Inc.



Public Notice for Modified Solid Waste Facility Permit (SWFP)


The proposed modifications to the solid waste facility permit are:


1. Update the SWFP’s listed legal description.


2. Update the LEA’s findings and references to other regulatory permits


3. Update the Transfer Processing Report to reflect changes including the facility’s mattress recycling program, reflect current conditions and the methods to comply with state minimum standards.


4. The modification of the SWFP does not change the permitted daily tonnage, traffic volume, hours of operation, or types of wastes received.





















Michael Condon

Proposed Projects – California Environmental Quality Act Public Review

The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ) 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 DEHQ 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




DEHQ 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



Additional Information