General Information

Contact Dept

  • Phone:
    (559) 600-3357
  • Fax:
    (559) 600-7629
  • Address:
    1221 Fulton Mall, 3rd Floor
    Fresno, CA 93721
  • Email Department

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Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA)
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Our Location: 1221 Fulton Mall, Third Floor
P O Box 11867, Fresno CA 93775-1867
(559) 600-3271 FAX (559) 600-7629
Contact us by email.   EnvironmentalHealth@co.fresno.ca.us  
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
              (Closed 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)

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The purpose of the Fresno County Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) is to protect the health, safety and well-being of the public and to preserve and improve the quality of the environment by assuring proper storage and disposal of solid waste; to minimize the presence of vectors related to solid waste handling and disposal methods; and to respond to public complaints relating to the accumulation, storage, collection, processing and disposal of solid waste in Fresno County.

 
Program Directory
 
 
Authority
 

The authority to act as the LEA was given to the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH), Environmental Health Division by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors in the form of an official designation on March 3, 1992. In addition to this designation and pursuant to the Pubic Resources Code (PRC) Section 43203 (a) and California Code of Regulation (CCR), Section 18051, twelve (12) incorporated cities within Fresno County have provided letters of affirmation or new resolutions designating FCDPH as the LEA for solid waste issues.

 
Permitting
 

The LEA issues Solid Waste Facility Permits (SWFPs). The permits specify the terms and conditions for operating a solid waste facility in Fresno County. All permits are subject to review every five years unless a facility has undergone a significant change that would require a revision of the permit to reflect the current state of operations. Solid Waste Facility Permits are currently required for Solid Waste Landfills, Material Recovery Facilities / Transfer Stations, Composting Facilities and Transformation Facilities. To find out what is needed to obtain a solid waste facilities permit please contact our Department at (559) 600-3271 or visit the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) Permits are also required for hauling both solid and liquid waste and can obtained by calling the same number listed above.

 
Conducting Inspections
 

The solid waste facilities that we regulate can include private and publicly owned and operated landfills, material recovery / transfer stations and composting facilities.  Inspections are conducted on a monthly schedule for all our solid waste facilities that are currently issued a SWFP and on a quarterly basis for our Closed, Illegal and Abandoned Sites.

 
Investigating Complaints
 

Complaint investigations take a large percentage of our time and can range from the simplest complaint of a neighbor not having his garbage picked up to a larger problem of an illegal disposal site that can run thousands of dollars in site assessment and clean-up cost. LEA Staff investigations are usually generated by the general public contacting our office or through other regulatory agencies that come upon an illegal site during their day to day activities. Complaints related to solid waste disposal can be phoned into our Department by contacting the Specialist of the day (SD) at (559) 600-3271. We do ask that you give your name, address and phone number so that the inspector that is assigned the complaint can contact you for further information regarding the complaint or to get back to you on the results of our investigation.

Solid waste complaints within the City of Fresno should be directed to the City's One Call Center at (559) 621-CITY (2489).

 
Public Education and Training
 

LEA Staff on many occasions provide public education by attending home and garden shows to distribute information and answer questions regarding solid waste management in Fresno County. We attend school functions to teach and talk about recycling and the need to reduce, reuse, or recycle in order to meet the State of California mandate of Assembly Bill 59, which is to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by fifty percent (50%). LEA Staff receive training and certification from private, State and Federal agencies throughout year to keep conversant with changes in the Regulations and maintain their certification as the designated Local Enforcement Agency for solid waste issues in Fresno County.

LEA Staff participate in an internship curriculum that provides training and hands on experience to students at Fresno State University that are enrolled within the Environmental Health field curriculum.

 
Public Notices and Hearings
 
There are no Public Notices or Hearings at this time.  Please check back for future postings.
 
Waste Tires
 

Waste tire means a tire that is not on the wheel of a vehicle and is no longer suitable for its intended use due to wear, damage, defect, or deviation from the manufacture's specifications, including, but not limited to, all used tires, altered waste tires, recappable casings, and scrap tires. "Waste tire" includes tires that have been altered by processes, but not limited to, shredding, chopping, and slicing.

Currently the California Department of Resources and Recovery (CalRecycle) is the lead agency for the permitting of waste tire facilities and waste tire haulers. State law requires any person or business that transports 10 or more used/waste tires to hold a valid waste tire hauler registration. The law also requires compliance with the provisions of the used and waste tire manifest program. Effective January 1, 2006, all registered waste tire haulers must possess copies of the Comprehensive Trip Log form during the transportation of used/waste tires and transport the tires only to authorized facilities. State law requires persons receiving 10 or more used/waste tires from unregistered haulers to report the hauler to CalRecycle.

 Waste tires facility permits (http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/tires/) are issued by CalRecycle for any person who store or stockpile more than 500 waste tires at a specific location may be required to acquire a major or minor waste tire facility (WTF) permit and comply with technical standards for the safe storage of waste tires unless they qualify to be excluded or exempt from the permitting requirements.
To find out what is needed to obtain a waste tire facility permit and/or becoming a registered tire hauler contact our Department at (559) 600-3271 or visit the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

 
Septic and Grease Pumpers
 
Fresno County Septic and Grease Pumpers program registers, permits, and regulates the activities of septic pumping and grease trap pumping. California Health and Safety Code, Section 117400 et seq., those who engage in the business of sewage pumping, cleaning of septic tanks, chemical toilets, cesspools or sewage seepage pits or to dispose of the cleaning, must register their business with the local Health Officer of that city, town, or county in which is desires to conduct this activity. All individuals and businesses conducting septic and grease pumping must hold a valid permit by our Department.
To obtain more information of our permit process, please contact our Department at (559) 600-3271. 
 
Additional Links
 

City of Fresno:
http://www.fresno.gov/

County of Fresno Public Works Recycling and Solid Waste Disposal 
http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/DepartmentPage.aspx?id=5858

California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle):
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/

Public Works & Planning Department:
http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/Departments.aspx?id=182


State Water Resources Control Board:
http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/


California Air Resources Board:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/

 
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