The Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority dba Salinas Valley Recycles is a joint powers authority of six (6) public agencies: the Cities of Salinas, Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield and King City and County of Monterey (unincorporated eastern). It was formed in 1997 to administer a unified solid waste management system and implement source reduction and recycling services for its member agencies.
The Authority is an autonomous governmental organization funded by solid waste tipping fees, waste reduction fees, recycling revenues and is controlled by a Board of Directors composed of appointed representatives of its member cities and county. The Authority is responsible for the regulatory compliance of designated solid waste disposal sites within its boundary, which includes one (1) active landfill, the Johnson Canyon Road Landfill near Gonzales, three (3) closed landfills, Lewis Road and Crazy Horse in norther Monterey County, and Jolon Road Landfill near King City. The Authority has two (2) Transfer Stations/Materials Recovery Facilities in its service area, Sun Street Transfer Station in Salinas – owned and operated by the Authority, and Jolon Road Transfer Station – owned by the Authority and operated by Waste Management. Household hazardous material collections are provided at active facilities.