Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA)

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Phone: (559) 600-3271 Fax: (559) 600-7629
Email: EnvironmentalHealth@co.fresno.ca.us

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 Public Resources Code (PRC) Section 43203 (a) and California Code of Regulation (CCR), Section 18051.

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.

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 a Solid Waste Staff member 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) or by visiting the FresGO app.

Public Education and Training

LEA Staff provide public education by attending home and garden shows to distribute information and answer questions regarding solid waste management in Fresno County.

LEA Staff receive training and certification from private, State and Federal agencies throughout the 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.

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.

Waste tires facility permits 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 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 from our Department.

To obtain more information of our permit process, please contact our Department at (559) 600-3271.

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