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Composting Facilities

Regulation of Composting Operations

The State Water Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards (Water Boards) are required to protect the quality and beneficial uses of the waters of the state. The California Water Code requires that anyone who discharges waste that could affect waters of the state must submit a report of waste discharge. Current practice is to issue individual waste discharge requirements (WDRs) for larger composting facilities. A conditional waiver for “green waste-only” composting facilities was in effect from 1994 until 2003, when a change in law required all waivers to be either renewed or replaced with WDRs. The State Water Board developed draft statewide general WDRs that will address water quality protection at composting facilities that currently exist or may be constructed.

 

 

 

Current Activities

The State Water Resources Control Board released for public comment the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and General Waste Discharge Requirements for Composting Operations (General Order). The comment period for both documents ended on March 2, 2015. A public workshop was held on February 13, 2015. A Board Workshop was held on June 16, 2015 in the Cal/EPA Headquarters Building. Several informal, focused stakeholder meetings were held prior to and following the Board Workshop. The State Water Board certified the EIR and adopted the General Order on August 4, 2015.

Land Application of Uncomposted Organic Materials in California: General Information

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Current Documents

General Order Enrollees

The table below is continuously updated as additional operations become fully enrolled.

Site Name(s) GeoTracker CIWQS
Recology Grover Environmental Products (Vernalis); Recology Blossom Valley Organics North, Stanislaus County; Grover Landscape Services L10004469722 817431
Northern Compost, Northern Recycling Compost - Zamora Facility; Environmental Reclaiming Solns L10008133205 815001
SA Recycling LLC WDD100008949 815369
Chico Greenwaste Composting Facility T10000010186 827346
Griffith Park Composting T10000005488 829416
Nursery Products Hawes Composting Facility T10000007056 745389
Z-Best Composting Facility T10000008201 816605
California Wood Recycling, Inc / Agromin Organics Recycling T10000005297 829627
Compost Solutions Inc Orland Compost facility WDR100033231 649646
Agromin Chino Green Material Composting Operations WDR100039480 829082
Vision Recycling Benicia Compost Facility / Goodyear Partners LLC WDD100009936 829297
Vision Recycling Greenville Road Compost Facility WDD100009938 829298
Valley Naturals Composting Facility T10000009996 829835
Harvest - Tulare Composting Facility WDD100009386 266681
Red Star Plant Foods Composting T10000009585 215363
Limoneira /Agromin Agricultural Composting operation (California Wood Recycling, lnc./Agromin) T10000010023 831561
Vicini Brothers Green Material Recycling   827096
City of Modesto Co-Compost Project   826886
Tracy Material Recovery and Transfer Station   826983
Mid Valley Disposal Recycling and Transfer Station   830138

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Ex Parte Disclosure Requirements

This item is subject to the ex parte communication disclosure requirements of Water Code section 13287, as explained in http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/laws_regulations/docs/exparte.pdf. Any communications between interested persons and board members (other than at a noticed board meeting or submitted as a comment letter in compliance with the public notice) must be disclosed by the interested person within seven days of the communication. Sample disclosure forms are available at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/laws_regulations/docs/swrcb_godf_fillin.pdf.

This item will be considered at the August 4, 2015, Board meeting. Beginning Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 12:00 noon, ex parte communications between interested persons and board members concerning this item are prohibited.

Past Activities and Documents

Stakeholder Meetings - Development of Performance Measures for Implementation of the Compost General Order

State Water Board staff will host informal stakeholder meetings to develop performance measures related to the implementation of the Compost General Order.

  • Sacramento, California:
    • Date and Time: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Place: CalEPA Building, Byron Sher Auditorium, 2nd floor, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814
    • Agenda
    • Presentation
  • Riverside, California:
    • Date and Time: Thursday, June 23, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • California Tower Building, Highgrove Room, 3737 Main Street, Suite 500, Riverside, CA 92501-3348
    • Agenda
    • Presentation
  • Sacramento, California:
    • Date and Time: Monday, August 15, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Place: CalEPA Building, Klamath Training Room, 2nd floor, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814
    • Agenda
    • Corrected Agenda
    • Presentation
    • Handout

Joint State Water Board and CalRecycle Stakeholder Meetings – Land Application of Compostable Materials

State Water Board staff and Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) staff will jointly host education and outreach meetings regarding land application of compostable materials. All attendees are required to register with CalRecycle at 2016 Land Application Meeting.

  • Sacramento, California:
    • Date and Time: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Place: CalEPA Building, Byron Sher Auditorium, 2nd floor 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814
    • Agenda
  • Riverside, California:
    • Date and Time: Thursday, June 23, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Place: California Tower Building, Highgrove Room, 3737 Main Street, Suite 500, Riverside, CA 92501-3348
    • Agenda

Documents for State Water Board Consideration on August 4, 2015:

Revised Documents as of May 29, 2015:

Revised Documents as of January 6, 2015:

Public Workshop: February 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Concept Revisions

The revisions to the concepts are provided below and reflect comments received since the August 23, 2013 public scoping meeting.

Public Scoping Meeting: Programmatic Environmental Impact Report

Informational Meeting: Changes to the Draft Statewide Order for Composting Facilities

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