5. Solid Waste Sanitary Landfill, Buena Vista Facility
Public Resources Code Section 40000
The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following:
(a) In 1988, Californians disposed of over 38 million tons of solid
waste, an amount which is expected to grow if existing solid
waste policies are continued. This amounts to more than 1,500
pounds of waste per person living in the state, more than any
other state in the country and over twice the per-capita rate
of most other industrialized counties.
(b) Over 90 percent of California's solid waste currently is
disposed of in landfills, some of which pose a threat to
groundwater, air quality, and public health.
(c) While California will exhaust most of its remaining landfill
space by the mid-1990's, there presently is no coherent state
policy to ensure that the state's solid waste is managed in an
effective and environmentally sound manner for the remainder of
the 20th century and beyond.
(d) The amount of solid waste generated in the state coupled with
diminishing landfill space and potential adverse environmental
impacts from landfilling constitutes an urgent need for state
and local agencies to enact and implement an aggressive new
integrated waste management program.
(e) The reduction, recycling, or reuse of solid waste generated in
the state will, in addition to preserving landfill capacity in
California, serve to conserve water, energy, and other natural
resources within this state, and to protect the state's
Public Resources Code Section 40051
In implementing this division, the board and local agencies shall
do both of the following:
(a) Promote the following waste management practices in order of
(1)Source reduction.(b) Maximize the use of all feasible source reduction, recycling,
and composting options in order to reduce the amount of solid
waste that must be disposed of by transformation and land
disposal. For wastes that cannot feasibly be reduced at their
source, recycled, or composted, the local agency may use
environmentally safe transformation or environmentally safe
land disposal, or both of those practices.
(2) Recycling and composting.
(3) Environmentally safe transformation and environmentally
safe land disposal, at the discretion of the city or
Public Resources Code Section 41301
The county source reduction and recycling [plan] shall set forth a
program for management of solid waste generated with the
unincorporated area of the county, consistent with the waste
management hierarchy provided in Section 40051.
Public Resources Code Section 41303
Each county source reduction and recycling [plan] shall include,
but is not limited to, all of the following components for solid
waste generated in the jurisdiction of the plan:
(a) A waste characterization component.
(b) A source reduction component.
(c) A recycling component.
(d) A composting component.
(e) A solid waste facility capacity component.
(f) An education and public information component.
(g) A funding component.
(h) A special waste component.
Public Resources Code Section 41420
The county education and public information component shall
describe to the board how the county will educate and inform its
citizens about the source reduction, recycling, and composting