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About The IWMA

The IWMA is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) formed in 1994 by San Luis Obispo County and the Cities and Community Service Districts (CSDs) within it to more effectively manage local solid waste programs. We're a public agency that was created in response to AB 939 and is governed by a Board of Directors elected to represent each of our member jurisdictions. The IWMA represents 20 jurisdictions and serves a population of over 282,000 through management of our 44 solid waste and recycling programs. 

Learn more about what a JPA is here

We are a small but mighty team who:

  • Serves as a bridge between local government and solid waste industry professionals. 
  • Equips our community to manage their resources responsibly through public education and outreach.
  • Designs and implements programs for our community to stay compliant with mandated state laws regarding resource management.

Learn More About State Mandates:

Check out California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

The IWMA’s service area encompasses:

  • The seven (7) cities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, El Paso de Robles, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo
  • The twelve (12) community service districts of Avila Beach, California Valley, Cambria, Cayucos, Ground Squirrel Hollow, Heritage Ranch, Los Osos, Nipomo, Oceano, San Miguel, San Simeon, Templeton
  • Unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County

Can we point you in the right direction?

We are not a solid waste hauler, and we do not manage local landfills, but we can help you can find their contact information here.


Mission Statement 

Our mission is to provide coordinated efforts to comply with state waste and recycling policies on behalf of member agencies through cost-effective programs, education, and technical support.

Our Values 
  • Community
  • Cost-Effectiveness
  • Education
  • Professionalism
  • Stewardship
  • Transparency
Our Vision 

We will make continuous progress towards reducing waste in San Luis Obispo County by:
Revising the Joint Powers Agreement to include additional measures for local control by member agencies over the enforcement of IWMA policies. 


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