Formation & Service Area
The Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority (aka Salinas Valley Recycles) is a joint powers authority comprised of six (6) public agencies: the Cities of Salinas, Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield and King City and County of Monterey (eastern unincorporated area). The agency 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, AB 939 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 Landfill near Gonzales, three (3) closed landfills, Lewis Road and Crazy Horse in northern 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 and Jolon Road Transfer Station – both of which are owned and operated by the Authority. A Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection facility is also located at the Sun Street Transfer Station site.