California State law requires counties to provide for solid waste services as part of an integrated waste management plan which includes waste reduction and recycling as well as safe disposal of non-recyclable waste.
The Department contracts for waste collection through exclusive franchise agreements as authorized by the California Public Resources Code § 49200-49205.
State law also requires the County to continue monitoring its closed landfills, and to ensure the existence of a minimum of fifteen years of remaining capacity for waste disposal – Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA).
The County is a member of the HWMA’s Joint Powers Authority which performs the requirement.
Expenditures for this division are paid for primarily through Solid Waste Franchise fees and fees collected by the HWMA and passed through to the County.