Monthly Department Updates

Solid Waste Department
(from a October 10, 2014 staff memo to the Board of Directors)

1.         Solid Waste Department
An annual evaluation was completed for the second Solid Waste Specialist.  CVSan successfully recruited Silvia Lopez for the Solid Waste Program Intern position.  Ms. Lopez started on October 7th and will be the lead on CVSan’s Used Oil program, School 4Rs Field Trips, and School Waste Audits.  Staff has been participating in the Succession Planning Committee and New Facilities Committee. 

2.         Solid Waste Committee
The Committee will meet on October 23rd and review follow-up for the Canyonlands process following the Board Workshop on October 21st.
 

3.         Zero Waste Strategic Plan

At the October Board meeting, the Board adopted a Zero Waste resolution.  The Zero Waste Strategic Plan and copy of the resolution will be posted to www.cvsan.org/ZeroWaste.

4.         Canyonlands Recycling

CVSan received 123 surveys for potential annexation on behalf of 174 parcels.  Results of the survey will be presented at the October 21st Board Workshop.   

5.         WMAC - CVSan Update

Monthly Coordination Meeting:  A meetingwas held on September 17th; please see attached meeting minutes. 

6.         Legislative Updates

Please see attached.

7.         CalRecycle

At the September TAC meeting, members raised some questions regarding CalRecycle’s annual visit procedure and authority.  CalRecycle was invited to the October TAC meeting and shared how they approach visits and determine a jurisdiction’s compliance under AB 939.  CalRecycle also stated they would be planning their May 2015 visits in December and January with jurisdictions.

8.         Multi-Family Recycling

For the month of September, staff performed 5 visual audits at multi-family dwellings (MFDs), and 3 MFDs started a food scrap recycling program this month.  Based on WMAC’s site audit forms, CVSan sent Oops postcards to 6 other MFDs to educate tenants what goes where.  Next month, staff will be strategizing with WMAC on which complexes to target for the goal to reach 40 new food scrap recycling programs for the 2014/15 fiscal year.   

9.         Commercial Recycling

The 4R Business, 4R Planet Recognition Program:Happiness Hill Preschool, Los Molcajetes, Oak Creek, and Willow Creek became certified 4R Stars, bringing the total to over 90 certified businesses.  His Growing Grove and Castro Valley Parent Nursery also became re-certified after being a part of the program for over 3 years now.  You can view all participants at www.cvsan.org/4RStarDirectory.

10.       School Programs

Staff presented 4 Green Ribbon award presentations in September for the 2013/14 certifications and presented 17 Refresher presentations this month at 11 schools.  Staff also processed two donation requests from schools, one to start a bag-a-bag program, and another to enhance organics collection in the classrooms.  Staff prepared a donation request memo for the October Board Meeting outlining a request for new containers and signage from Our Lady of Grace School to re-vamp their recycling and organics programs in the classrooms and at lunch time. 

11.       Street Cans/Recycling Pyramids and Maintenance Partnership

Staff completed a street can audit on September 23rd and reported graffiti/stickers on 7 cans to the A Shepherd’s Heart Christian School student Graffiti Team.  Staff also delivered supplies for the year to the Graffiti Team. 

Asset Information Management System:Staff uploaded the September audit data into the new AIMS system this month and developed goals for the new Solid Waste Program Intern to input data from past audits over the course of the next fiscal year.

12.       Used Oil Recycling Grant

The Fall Filter Exchange program started on September 8th and runs for 6 weeks until October 17th.  Approximately 35 residents participated in the first three weeks of the program.  Single-family residents who call WMAC at least 24-hours prior to setting out a used oil filter on their service day will receive a coupon in the mail from CVSan for a new filter.  CVSan will also promote the program and other used oil resources by tabling outside of the O’Reilly’s store on Castro Valley Boulevard in October. 

13.       Castro Valley Forum Advertisements

Six (6) CVSan ads ran in the Forum during September: (1) ad promoting the CVSan Scholarship; (1) ad promoting the Filter Exchange Program; (1) ad promoting Reuse for Halloween costumes; (1) ad promoting Castro Valley diversion; (1) ad thanking Green Heart volunteers for participating in Fall Festival, and (1) ad providing a construction update on pump station repair projects.

14.       Pipeline Newsletter

The Fall 2014 Pipeline newsletter is now through the article writing and copy editing phase and the layout has been drafted.  The draft newsletter was reviewed by staff and then reviewed by the PR Committee on September 30th and will be uploaded for print soon.  This edition is due to reach the community in late November.

15.       Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

The CAC met on Thursday, September 11th and discussed: Solid Waste Advertising, the Solid Waste Electronic Annual Report to CalRecycle, Zero Waste Strategic Plan, and the 4R Business, 4R Planet Program and Incentives.  The CAC also viewed the newly drafted how-to videos and commercials for commercial/business programs and received a refresher presentation and training on Fall Festival Station Monitoring. 

16.       Website/Social Media

During the month of September, there were 12 social media posts pertaining to the Department’s programs and 2 photos posted to Facebook and Twitter sites during the month. Most of the posts continue to promote messages from the weekly Castro Valley Forum ads and various departmental programs. 

17.       Web-based Video
The four recently completed videos will be posted to the web soon for use by the CVSan business community.  Staff plans to promote the videos in various media channels to let the community know they are available.

18.       Calendar/Annual Report
The article writing and editing process is now complete for the 2013/14 Annual Report.  The PR Committee reviewed a draft layout of the entire Calendar and Annual Report on September 30th.  The first print of the Calendar and Annual Report is expected in mid to late October with delivery to the community in early December.

19.       Event Greening
Staff worked with the Chamber and its event coordinator to green the 2014 Fall Festival and limit non-recyclable and non-compostable products from being given out or sold at the event.  Staff coordinated Green Hearts volunteers to monitor the recycling and organics stations.  The results from the event were very good with 36 volunteers monitoring stations for over 100 hours total (both more than last year).  The diversion from the event this year was also improved over past years as 72% of all materials collected (almost 14,000 gallons) were diverted to recycling and organics.

Staff worked with the Castro Valley Soccer Club to re-start recycling and organics services at their events and games at Canyon Middle School.  CVSan donated clearstream containers for recycling and organics as well as garbage bin lids with a small opening to limit what gets put in the garbage.  Staff tabled at CV Soccer’s Opening Night event on September 6th promoting: the new efforts by the Soccer Club and the CVSan theme of Reuse for 2014/15.  Staff gave out approximately 200 reusable bags and engaged hundreds of attendees at the event.  The report from CV Soccer staff was that the new containers were effective and they have less garbage now. 

20.       Pharmaceutical Drop-Box Collection

The collection box at Eden Medical Center has been collected 68 times since it opened in September 2011. The average weight of collection is 56 pounds and the box has been consistently collected two times a month but the usage has been increasing of late.  CVSan recently notified Eden via email and letter that there is a maximum and that Eden would be responsible for the rest.  Eden is looking into the potential of extra collections per month.  The cost of such extra collections would be the responsibility of Eden once $4,000 has been charged to CVSan in an agreement year.  CVSan, on September 30th, turned in a grant application for an Eden Township Healthcare District grant in the amount of $3,900 to help pay for these ongoing collection costs. 

21.       Bay-Friendly Landscape
Staff notified schools of the availability of CVSan’s old BFL sign holders, and 11 schools expressed interest.  Staff will distribute sign holders accordingly.

22.       Fall Festival
Three Board members and twelve staff participated in the annual two-day event with an informational booth and wheel game ”Spot the Reuse Shot.”  The 2,047 promotional items handed out at the event consisted of FOG scrapers, reusable utensils, Torx screwdrivers (standard for small electronics), used oil rags, and wrenches.

23.       Donation & Supply Requests

Staff processed 21 Donation & Supply Request Forms for the community totaling $4,349.27 during the month of September. 

Month 2014

Administrative Fees Received

New Res Pack Sent

Bag-Its Sold

Paper Garden Bags Sold

Service

Referral

Used Oil Resi

Jan

$51,631.13

41

32

4

4

8

Feb

$53,569.50

38

13

3

7

7

Mar

$161,422.78

64

2

11

7

12

Apr

$50,637.81

51

22

7

9

7

May

$48,173.60

39

15

4

20

5

Jun

$160,983.44

98

0

23

11

7

Jul

$49,510.12

70

21

4

12

4

Aug

$49,052.54

69

7

10

8

4

Sept

$151,037.32

53

39

0

6

13

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

$776,018.24

523

151

63

84

67

2013

$1,032,944.80

569

237

106

98

92

2012

$1,018,905.30

799

198

110

92

78

2011

$980,417.43

579

195

135

150

83

2010

$920,986.76

671

205

96

187

100

2009

$777,740.14

544

277

159

743

215

2008

$608,998.07

446

374

149

136

137

 

 

 

 

2012 Legislative Update & Priority (from Californians Against Waste (CAW), California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and StopWaste.Org)

CAW:

SB 1219 (Wolk) Plastic Bag Recycling
Summary. SB 1219 proposes to extend the sunset of AB 2449 (Levine) which mandates plastic bag recycling at supermarkets.

Position and Status. CAW is watching.

 

SB 1159 (Calderon) Plastic Bag Recycling

Summary. SB 1159 would create the Plastic Bag Reduction and Recycling Act.

Position and Status.

 

AB 1442 (Wieckowski) Pharmaceutical Waste Hauling

Summary.AB 1442 allows for medical waste generators to apply for waste hauling exemptions in transporting pharmaceutical waste.

Position and Status.CAW is watching.

AB 1442 is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials committee on March 20.

 

AB 1834 (Brownley) - Reusable Bag Definition

Summary. AB 1834 would add a reusable bag definition to the Public Resources Code.

Position and Status.CAW Supports.

AB 1834 is currently in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

 

AB 1647 (Gordon) - Tires

Summary.Increases the enforcement of existing tire hauling and manifesting laws to prevent the illegal export of waste tires.

Position and Status.

Support. Scheduled to be heard in Assembly Natural Resources Committee on March 26.

 

AB 298 (Brownley) - Reusable Bag Bill

Summary. AB 298 prohibits manufacturers from selling or distributing reusable bags to customers unless they meet certain requirements.

Position and Status.CAW Supports.

AB 298 may be acted upon this year. It is currently in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee after passing the Assembly Floor on 4/28, 49-25.

 

AB 960 (Bonnie Lowenthal) - E-waste Export

Summary.AB 960 will help reduce the export of electronic waste overseas.

Position and Status.CAW Supports.

AB 960 was held in Senate Appropriations and is now a 2 year bill.

 

SB 568 (Lowenthal) - Polystyrene Food Containers

Summary.SB 568 prohibits food vendors from dispensing cooked food in polystyrene foam or styrofoam containers.

Position and Status. CAW Supports.

SB 568 is inactive on the Assembly floor but eligible to be voted on this year.

 

SB 589 (Lowenthal) - Fluorescent Light Recycling

Summary.SB 589 would establish a product stewardship program for mercury-containing lamps.

Position and Status. Watch. SB 589 is now a 2-year bill.

 

AB 1933 (Gordon) - Bottle Bill Enforcement

Summary.This bill is an enforcement bill to reduce fraud from recyclers attempting to import and redeem beverage containers in CA. This measure would lower the load limit a person can import beverage containers into the state before reporting to CalRecycle, and also requires documentation of the source and destination of the material.

Position and Status.

Support. AB 1933 is scheduled to be heard in Assembly Natural Resources Committee 3/26

 

AB 341 (Chesbro) - Jobs and Recycling

Summary.AB 341 would create green jobs by expanding recycling to every multi-family dwelling and business and would charge CalRecycle with the responsibility for ensuring that the state is recycling at least 75% of the garbage that it generates by 2020.

Position and Status.

CAW Supports.

UPDATE! Governor Brown Signed AB 341!

 

AB 1149 (Gordon and Wieckowski) - Recycled Plastic Market Development

Summary.AB 1149 would extend a January 1, 2012 sunset for the Plastic Market Development program to continue investment in California’s plastics recycling and manufacturing infrastructure. It would also authorize CalRecycle to ‘reinvest’ up to 50% of savings from an anticipated drop in PET processing fee offsets back into Plastic Market Development Payments.

Position and Status.CAW-sponsored.

UPDATE: Governor Brown Signed AB 1149!

 

AB 583 (Knight) - Consolidate E-waste Program

Summary. consolidate the E-waste program by transfering DTSC powers to CalRecycle.

Position and Status. Watch. This bill died in the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials committee.

 

AB 1019 (Perez) - Carpet Stewardship

Summary. would reenact AB 2398, the Carpet Stewardship Bill passed last year.

Position and Status. CAW Supports. AB 1019 is still alive from last year.

 

AB 1178 (Ma) - Prohibition on Local Disposal Limits

Summary. AB 1178 prohibits local governments from limiting disposal of imported waste.

Position and Status. CAW Opposes.

AB 1178 is in Senate Environmental Quality Committee and will be eligible to be heard this year.

 

AB 812 (Ma) - Recycled Concrete and Asphalt

Summary. AB 812 would increase the allowable amount of recycled asphalt pavement used by CalTrans to 50%.

Position and Status. CAW Supports. AB 812 is currently in the Senate Transportation and Housing committee.

 

SB 833 (Vargas) - Gregory Canyon Landfill

Summary. SB 833 would have limited the building of landfills that are within a specific distance of a San Diego waterway or Native American sacred site. Specifically, this legislation would have applied to the proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill.

Position and Status. CAW Supports.

Governor Brown vetoed SB 833.  Read the veto message.

 

SB 489 (Wolk) - Net Energy Metering

Summary. SB 489 will foster the development of anaerobic digesters and other small renewable energy projects by allowing them to be included in the state's Net Energy Metering program.

Position and Status. CAW Supports.

SB 489 was signed by the Governor.

 

AB 408 (Wieckowski) - Paint and Used Oil Recycling

Summary.AB 408 provides regulatory reform to make paint and used oil recycling easier.

Position and Status.CAW Supports.

AB 408 was signed into law by the Governor.

 

AB 794 (Wieckowski) - Strengthening CA's Landmark E-waste Law

Summary.AB 794 would close a loophole in current e-waste law and protect the state against frivolous lawsuit.

Position and Status.CAW Supports.

AB 794 is heading to the Senate Floor.*update: AB 794 was gutted and amended and is now local facility bonds.

 

SB 419 (Simitian) - Home-Generated Medical Sharps

Summary. SB 419 requires medical sharps manufacturers to improve electronic access to their annual sharps disposal reports.

Position and Status. CAW Supports.

SB 419 is in the Assembly Appropriations committee and eligible to be heard this year.

 

SB 915 (Calderon) - Plastic Carryout Bags

Summary. SB 915 mandates reduced plastic bag use and establishes a schedule of required recycled content in plastic bags, including both post consumer content and post-industrial content.

Position and Status. CAW was watching this bill. It was pulled from Senate Environmental Quality Committee on 5/2 and is no longer active.

 

AB 921 (Allen) - Compost Study Bill

Summary. AB 921 directs the state to measure the significant agricultural water efficiency benefits of applying compost to croplands.

Position and Status. CAW Supports. AB 921 was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on 5/27 and is now a dead bill.

 

AB 525 (Gordon) - Tire Recycling

SummaryAB 525 (Gordon) extends CalRecycle's successful Rubberized Asphalt Concrete tire recycling program.

Position and StatusCAW Supports. AB 525 just passed both houses and was signed into law by Governor Brown on October 8, 2011.

 

AB 34 (Williams) Compost Infrastructure Development

Summary. AB 34 targets the most prevalent items in our waste stream by encouraging the development of compost facilities to recycle organic materials.

Position and Status. CAW Supports.

AB 34 was held in Assembly Appropriations Committee and is now dead.

 

SB 567 (DeSaulnier) - Truthful Environmental Advertising in Plastics

Summary.SB 567 expands the scope of current plastic end-of-life claim labeling requirements from bags and food packaging to all plastic products.

Position and Status.

CAW Supports.

UPDATE: Governor Brown signed SB 567!

 

AB 818 (Blumenfield) - Renter's Right to Recycle Act

Summary.AB 818, the Renter's Right to Recycle Act, provides a residential recycling opportunity for more than 7.1 million Californians residing in more than 2.4 million multifamily dwelling units.

Position and Status.  CAW Supports.

AB 818 passed the legislature and was signed in to law by Governor Jerry Brown.

 

SB 515 (Corbett) Household Battery Recycling Bill

Summary.Product stewardship for household batteries

Position and Status. CAW Supports.

SB 515 was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now a dead bill. Previously, it passed out of Senate Environmental Quality Committee  4/4/2011 with a 5-2 vote.

 

CRRA:

 

Bill #

Author

Subject Note: CRRA positions are subject to change based on changes to legislative text.

CRRA Position

AB 298

Brownley

Would require reusable bags are made from materials that can be cleaned and disinfected; bags may not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.

Support

AB 34

Williams

Spot bill potentially for compost use issue.

Watch

AB 341

Chesbro

Mandate local govs provide recycling program for businesses with >4 yards of weekly garbage/recycling services, and potentially all multi family residences;  Increase AB 939 waste diversion mandate from 50% to 75% by 2020; Ease review process for local nondisposal facility element (NDFE); Change submission deadline for local diversion mandate reports to May 1.

Support

AB 525

Gordon

Would extend for 5 years tire recycling grant program that would otherwise expire this year.

Support

AB 818

Blumenfield

Would enact the Renters’ Right to Recycle Act would require MFD owners to arrange for recycling services.

Support

AB 900

Swanson

Require schools to provide recycling and composting bins, but says nothing about provision of recycling collection services.

Watch

AB 921

Allen

Would enact the Agriculture Water Efficiency with Compost Use and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2011, requiring CalRecycle in consultation with UC to measure agricultural water efficiency resulting from the use of compost.

Support

AB 960

Bonnie Lowenthal

Would require recyclers to conform their export practices as a condition of receiving existing payments under California’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003.

Support

AB 1149

Gordon and Wieckowski

Would extend for 5 years the Plastic Market Development program that would otherwise expire 1/1/12.

Support

SB 515

Corbett

Establish a product stewardship program for household batteries including rechargeable and single-use alkaline batteries.

Support

SB 567

DeSaulnier

Would prohibit misleading labeling of plastic products such as “biodegradable” on plastic products.

Support

SB 568

Lowenthal

Would prohibit use of polystyrene foam food takeout containers, including clamshells, cups and bowls.

Support

SB 915

Calderon

Would suspend local plastic bag ordinances and prohibit local governments from enacting plastic bag bans or fees on plastic bags. Would also establish a mandatory recycled content in plastic bags (Year 1 - 5% PC; Year 2 – 7% PC; Year 3 – 10% PC), increase funding for recycling education, and establish incentives for consumers to return or recycle plastic bags.

Oppose

   

Watch List

 

AB 204

Halderman

Sales and use taxes exemption for biomass energy production

Watch

AB 712

Williams

Convenience Zone recyclers

Watch

AB 768

Gatto

WTE

Watch

AB 812

Ma

Use of recycled concrete and asphalt by CalTrans

Watch

AB 1019

Perez

Carpet

Watch

AB 1178

Ma

Spot

Watch

SB 41

Yee

Sharps

Watch

SB 419

Simitian

Sharps

Watch

SB 457

Huff

Curbside collection of HHW

Watch

SB 518

Simitian

Bottle Bill

Watch

SB 589

Lowenthal

Spot

Watch

SB 771

Kehoe

LFG to energy

Watch

SB 833

Vargas

Spot

Watch

SB 932

Leno

Spot

Watch

 

SWANA: http://www.swananorcal.org/downloads/SWANA%20LTF%20Newsletter%20October%202011.pdf

 

StopWaste.Org: http://www.stopwaste.org/docs/pa_leg_update_10-13-11.pdf

 

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