Solid Waste Management Services is designated as the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) in Monterey County and is responsible for permitting, ensuring compliance with regulations, and inspecting facilities that handle solid waste, such as open and closed landfills, transfer stations, and compost facilities. In addition, Solid Waste Management Services staff oversees the Body Art, Medical Waste, Waste Tire Enforcement, Solid Waste Vehicle, Liquid Waste Vehicle, and Vegetable Cull Feeder programs (also known as the Local Enforcement programs). Solid Waste Management Services is responsible for the Illegal Dumping and Litter Abatement program and staff respond to all illegal dumping complaints to ensure the timely clean up and proper disposal of abandoned waste. Solid Waste Management Services also administers State-funded grants that support program activities.
Solid waste may be disposed of using a garbage collection service or it may be taken to a permitted disposal facility. With few exceptions, garbage collection service is mandatory throughout Monterey County. See Mandatory garbage collection in "Related Articles," below.
Also, for specific information about different kinds of Solid Waste, and the services we provide, see "Related Articles" and "Read More About Other Services Available," below.