About the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority

Who is Salinas Valley Recycles?

The Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority, dba Salinas Valley Recycles (SVR), 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. Download our JPA Agreement.

What does SVR do?

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

Our agency’s focus though is much more than just landfills; see our Mission, Vision and Values to learn more about our vision of a future without landfills.

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 SVR and a map of where we are heading. Download Our Information Handbook.