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About the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority

Wally and StaffWhat is the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority?
The Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority (SVSWA) is a joint powers agency made up of the following local governments: Monterey County(eastern half of the unincorporated county), and the cities of Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Salinas, and Soledad.

What is a joint powers agency?

A joint powers agency (JPA) is a governmental body that is formed by two or more local governments (cities or counties) joining together to address a specific service need that is common to all members of the group. JPAs are often formed to address such regional issues as water, sewer, solid waste, public safety, and transportation. Click here to download our JPA Agreement.


What does the Authority do?

Our Mission Statement
"To manage Salinas Valley solid waste as a resource, promoting sustainable, environmentally sound and cost effective practices through an integrated system of waste reduction, reuse, recycling, innovative technology, customer service and education."

Our Vision Statement
To reduce the amount of waste by promoting individual and corporate responsibility. To recover waste for its highest and best use while balancing rates and services. To transform our business from burying waste to utilizing waste as a resource. To eliminate the need for landfills.

Innovation * Integrity * Public Education * Efficiency * Fiscal Prudence * Resourcefulness * Customer Service * Community Partnerships

The Authority is responsible for providing secure long-term solid waste disposal service to all of its members in an environmentally sound and cost-effective manner. To accomplish this goal, the Authority currently owns four landfills and two transfer station, and oversees the contract operation of these facilities. The Authority is also responsible for overseeing future landfill siting or expansion to meet the area's long-term solid waste disposal needs.


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Informational Handbook
The compilation of information contained within this Informational Handbook is a reference tool, to educate the reader on the basics of the Resource Recovery and Solid Waste Management Industry, the Authority, and its affiliates. We hope this handbook provides the reader with a solid overview of our industry, the history of the Authority and a map of where we are heading.
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