Operating as the Local Solid Waste Management Enforcement Agency (LEA), this Department is certified by the State agency of Cal-Recycle to regulate landfills, transfer stations, composting sites and other specific solid waste activities under State laws and regulations. The staff regulates the land application of manure and biosolids as directed by County Ordinance. The Program also administers the waste franchises governing the collection of solid waste in the County areas.
Inspectors respond to complaints concerning landfilling (i.e. burial) of trash or garbage. For complaints concerning improper disposal/storage of household trash and garbage in the unincorporated areas of the County and in certain contract cities (i.e. Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Temecula), please contact a district office.
For complaints regarding junk cars or other debris and dumping in open lots or areas, contact the Riverside County Code Enforcement Department at (951) 955-2004.
The County regulates the Land Application of Class A Sewage Sludge for Agricultural Activities under County Ordinance 830. The land application of Class B sludge is prohibited. Go to our forms page for information on how to register as a Class A Biosolids Generator-Processor, or Transporter and apply for Site Registration and Tier Placement.
Liquid & Medical Waste
This Program provides oversight of medical waste handling facilities, septic waste collection and disposal vehicles to help verify adherence to local ordinances, Federal and State regulations. This staff also regulates the operation of body art facilities and practitioners, who tattoo, pierce and apply permanent cosmetics. Plan check and initial inspections are conducted for massage facilities located within the County area. Staff also permit, inspect, investigate complaints and monitor activities of businesses engaged in the cleaning and disposal of septic systems, grease traps and portable toilets.