Monthly Department Updates

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

1.       Solid Waste Department
An annual evaluation was completed for the Solid Waste Specialist. Recruitment began for a Solid Waste Program Intern on August 15th. Due to an internal oversight by Alameda County’s Youth Employment Program (Soulciety), CVSan’s Environmental Services Interns completed their service on August 29th. Staff will be following up with Soulciety in mid-September after their recess to follow up about other candidates. Staff has been participating in the Succession Planning Committee and New Facilities Committee. 

2.       Solid Waste Committee
The Committee met on August 7thand will meet again in October.

3.       Zero Waste Strategic Plan

At the October Board meeting, the Board will review a draft Zero Waste resolution.

4.       Canyonlands Recycling

As a follow-up to the August Solid Waste Committee meeting, staff inquired about WMAC’s verbal end of service date of December 31stfor Canyonlands residents. WMAC authored and sent letters advising Canyonlands residents that they will be ceasing service at the end of 2014. CVSan staff is drafting a brief survey to residents to determine if they would be supportive of an annexation for solid waste services and will be sending out surveys by the end of September.

5.       WMAC - CVSan Update

Monthly Coordination Meeting:  A meetingwas held on August 18th; please see attached meeting minutes. 

6.       CalRecycle

The Department participated in the annual CalRecycle site visit on August 15th. CVSan showed CalRecycle staff a multi-family complex that started food scrap recycling, the Fragomeni Shopping Center organics program, Knudsen’s Ice Creamery front and back of house set-up, and CVSan’s internal procurement policies in action. CalRecycle thanked CVSan for the visit and was impressed with the passion and dedication in providing well thought-out programs/services for CVSan customers. 

7.       Multi-Family Recycling

For the month of August, staff performed seven visual audits for MFDs that started food scrap recycling or changed service. Three of those MFDs required Oops postcards. Staff processed one donation request to enhance a recycling program. Staff revised the multi-family 3-year vision plan update with a goal to start 40 food scrap recycling programs this fiscal year.  For the near-term, multi-family outreach will focus on providing technical assistance for Phase II compliance with the Countywide Mandatory Recycling Ordinance (organics). 

8.       Commercial Recycling

Countywide Mandatory Recycling Ordinance:Enforcement for phase one of the Countywide mandatory recycling ordinance began in August with site visits. Staff went along with Waste Management and StopWaste Technical Assistance Staff from Cascadia Consulting on two visits. Cascadia and Waste Management will now conduct visits on their own.

The 4R Business, 4R Planet Recognition Program:Neighborhood Church and Eden Township Healthcare District became certified 4R Stars, bringing the total to 90 certified businesses. You can view all participants at www.cvsan.org/4RStarDirectory.

9.       School Programs

Staff integrated the 2014/15 school year Reuse theme into the CVSan School Programs webpage, Green Ribbon application, newspaper advertisement, and the annual principal’s letter. The Department updated the Green Ribbon application, Scholarship application, and the 2014/15 Refresher presentation script. Staff started presentations in late August during the first week of school.  
 

10.     Street Cans/Recycling Pyramids and Maintenance Partnership

No updates to street can maintenance since last month.

Asset Information Management System:The pilot AIMS database for street cans is completed and ready for staff use. After the September field audit, staff will start using the AIMS program to track maintenance of street cans.

11.     Used Oil Recycling Grant

Used oil recycling kits were handed out at the August 9thCollection Event, containing a shop towel and a flyer advertising the Fall Filter Exchange program. This month, staff prepared for the Fall Filter Exchange program which will start on September 8thand run for 6 weeks until October 17th. 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. 

Staff submitted the Used Oil Annual Report on August 15thfor OPP3 and OPP4 funding on behalf of Unincorporated Alameda County and Oro Loma Sanitary District. Staff also prepared a budget outline for the 2014/15 Used Oil program.

12.     Castro Valley Forum Advertisements

Eight (8) CVSan ads ran in the Forum during August: (1) ad promoting the volunteer Green Hearts program; (1) ad promoting CVSan Recycles Day; (1) ad promoting the Call Us First campaign; (1) ad promoting Food Prep/Food Scrap Recycling tips; (1) ad promoting the 4R Business Employee event, (1) ad promoting Castro Valley’s diversion data; (1) ad promoting Reuse/Waste-Free Lunch tips; and (1) promoting Multi-Family food scrap recycling.

13.     Pipeline Newsletter

The Summer 2014 Pipeline went out to the community. Staff is now working on article writing and layout composition for the Fall 2014 Pipeline newsletter, which will reach the community in late November.

14.     Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

The CAC did not meet in August.   

15.     Website/Social Media

During the month of July, there were 11 social media posts pertaining to the Department’s

programs and two 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. 

16.     Web-based Video
CVSan, with its multi-media contractor, has now completed four business/commercial training and advertising videos of about 2-3 minutes each. The videos, which will be viewed at the October Board meeting, 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.

17.     Calendar/Annual Report
Staff is now working on article writing for the 2013/14 Annual Report as well as the layout and images for the 2015 Calendar. A rough draft version of the 2015 calendar will be reaching the PR Committee in October.

18.     Event Greening
Staff is working 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. Vendors have been given CVSan-drafted contract language on recyclable and compostable materials that they will be required to purchase. 

Staff is also working with the Castro Valley Soccer Club to start up recycling and organics services at their events and games at Canyon Middle School. CVSan will be donating 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 will also be tabling at CV Soccer’s Opening Night event on Saturday, September 6thto promote reusables, give away reusable bags, and as part of the new services rollout for the site.

19.     Pharmaceutical Drop-Box Collection

The collection box at Eden Medical Center has been collected 65 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. Eden is looking into the potential of extra collections per month. The cost of such extra collections would be the responsibility of Eden since CVSan does limit its contribution to roughly two collections per month or $4,000 per agreement year. Staff attended the Alameda County MEDS Coalition Safe Drug Disposal Rally on August 18th. 

20.     Bay-Friendly Landscape
Additional interpretive Bay-Friendly Landscape signs will be installed soon.

21.     Fall Festival
Staffing, signage, and insurance are finalized and promotional items assembled. The theme for the 2014 booth will be Reuse. Attendees will play the Spin & Spot game: spin the wheel, match the image with the question board, and by answering the question correctly, select a reusable item. Reusable promotional items this year include reusable FOG scrapers, utensils, used oil rags & wrenches, and small screw drivers to open electronic devices.

22.     Training

Staff attended the California Resource Recovery Association’s Annual Conference in San Jose on August 4thand 5thand California Association of Sanitation Agencies conference in Monterey on August 20th– 22nd.

23.     Donation & Supply Requests

Staff processed 30 Donation & Supply Request Forms for the community totaling $3,469.98 during the month of July. 

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

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

$624,980.92

470

112

63

78

54

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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