Monthly Department Updates

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

 

1.         Solid Waste Department
The Department held a quarterly Sharing and Innovation meeting on November 1st and is preparing for File Purge Week later this month. The Department will be purging old literature, supplies, and samples from the two storage units on Castro Valley Blvd., the Master Plan office, and Library at CVSan offices in preparation for the storage unit leases ending March 2015 and move to the Center Street property. Staff has been participating in the Succession Planning Committee and New Facilities Committee. 

2.         Solid Waste Committee
The Committee will meet on November 20th and will review two Zero Waste Initiatives: Children’s Toy/Clothing Swaps, and Repair Workshops. The Committee will also review Earth Day Charities for 2015, receive an update on proposals for the Zero Waste Communications Plan, and discuss next steps for Canyonlands.

3.         Zero Waste Strategic Plan

CVSan has received three proposals from consultants for a Zero Waste Communications Plan, and will be selecting a consultant this month. Staff has selected two initiatives to present to Solid Waste Committee later this month (see Item 2, above).

4.         Canyonlands Solid Waste Services

An updated memo was prepared summarizing the Canyonlands survey responses through early November, and provided to Supervisor Nate Miley’s office for the November 17th MAC meeting. Staff will present to the MAC and members of the public, along with the County of Alameda Planning Department, Alameda County LAFCo, and StopWaste. Staff has met with representatives from these agencies a few times in the past month to continue efforts on a potential annexation.

5.         New Solid Waste Contract
Staff is working with consultant Ruth Abbe & Associates on the feasibility of CVSan as the hauler. Staff is preparing an agreement with consultant HF&H for research services on the state of municipal solid waste contracts and Request for Proposals. Feedback has been received from fellow solid waste managers and specialists at agencies around the Bay Area in preparation for authoring an Every Other Week garbage pilot proposal for grant funding.

6.         Reusable Bag Ordinance

The ACWMA Board has decided to keep the fee for paper bag purchase at 10 cents per bag.

The Board is considering an expansion of the Countywide Reusable Bag Ordinance. The

expansion would include hundreds to thousands of stores more and is dependent upon the

Alameda Countywide Clean Water program supporting the expansion financially and

potentially with staff time as well. While the State Bag Ban just passed, there is a legal

challenge by the Progressive Bag Alliance so the implementation (slated to start July 2015)

may be delayed.

7.         WMAC - CVSan Update

Monthly Coordination Meeting:  A meetingwas held on October 15th; please see attached meeting minutes. 

Rate & Contract Amendment 8: Staff is preparing an agreement with consultant HF&H for rate and contract amendment assistance.

8.         Multi-Family Recycling

For the month of October, staff performed 7 site visits at multi-family dwellings (MFDs), and 1 MFD started a food scrap recycling program this month. Monthly letters are mailed to select MFDs describing the Countywide Mandatory Recycling Ordinance, followed by a site visit with the property owner, manager, or affiliate.      

9.         Commercial Recycling

Countywide Mandatory Commercial Recycling:Waste Management and StopWaste Technical Assistance staff from Cascadia Consulting continued their business visits in conjunction with the new countywide mandatory recycling law. 

10.       School Programs

Staff processed three donation requests for schools to improve their recycling and organics programs. New containers and signs were delivered and installed by staff to Our Lady of Grace School. Staff also provided a student assembly and staff training on the program roll-out day at Our Lady of Grace. CVSan presented an annual school programs update to the CVUSD Board of Education on October 22nd. The CVUSD Board is grateful for our partnership and support. Staff also presented an annual school programs update to CVUSD principals on October 27th.   

11.       Street Cans/Recycling Pyramids and Maintenance Partnership

Staff provided the A Shepherd’s Heart Christian School student Graffiti Team with Green Hearts Volunteer t-shirts.  The Graffiti Team reported 100% of all service referrals sent in September.

Asset Information Management System:Staff will train 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 was successful, starting on September 8th and running for 6 weeks until October 17th.  Approximately 60 residents participated in the program. Single-family residents who called WMAC at least 24-hours prior to setting out a used oil filter on their service day, received a coupon in the mail from CVSan for a new filter.  CVSan successfully promoted the program by having staff table outside of the Castro Valley O’Reilly’s store on October 10th.  There were approximately two dozen people at that tabling event who obtained used oil information and resources.

13.       Castro Valley Forum Advertisements

Six (6) CVSan ads ran in the Forum during October: (1) ad promoting the Bulky Goods Pick-Up service; (1) ad promoting the 4RBusiness, 4R Planet program; (1) ad showing how to sign up for CVSan email updates; (1) ad promoting the Student Scholarship; (1) ad promoting proper disposal of used motor oil and filters, and (1) ad promoting Reuse – library resources and activities.

14.       Pipeline Newsletter

The Fall 2014 Pipeline newsletter is now completed and uploaded for final print.  This edition is due to reach the community in late November.  Staff has also begun the article process for the Winter 2015 Pipeline newsletter.

15.       Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

The CAC met on Thursday, October 9th and discussed the 2015 CVSan Calendar and 2013-2014 Annual Report and the CVSan website.  The CAC also received 3 updates on the CVSan Strategic Plan, Sewer System Maintenance Plan, and Construction.  The CAC will be holding its annual recognition dinner next month.

16.       Website/Social Media

During the month of October, there were 11 social media posts pertaining to the Department’s programs and 4 photos posted to Facebook and Twitter sites. Most of the posts continue to promote messages from the weekly Castro Valley Forum ads and various departmental programs. 

17.       Web-based Video & Castro Valley TV
The four recently completed videos will be posted to the web in early November for use by the CVSan business community.  The videos will be promoted on the home page and accessible from several Commercial/Business pages.  Staff also plans to promote the videos in various media channels to let the community know they are available.

18.       Calendar/Annual Report
The first print proof of the Calendar and Annual Report has arrived and staff is now reviewing the print for completion in the middle of November with delivery to the community in early December.

19.       Event Greening
Staff is coordinating with Meet in the Street organizers for greening and potentially Green Hearts efforts at the event on November 15th in Downtown Castro Valley.

20.       Pharmaceutical Drop-Box Collection

The collection box at Sutter/Eden Medical Center has been collected 71 times since it opened in September 2011. The average weight of collection is 57 pounds and the box is being collected two to three times a month with a cost of collection that has increased the last couple months.  Sutter/Eden is aware of this and knows that CVSan will only be supporting $4,000 in collection fees for every 12 month agreement.

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.  Additional BFL signage ordered for the main office will be installed in November.

22.       Donation & Supply Requests

Staff processed 28 Donation & Supply Request Forms for the community totaling $2,256.07 during the month of October. 

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

Oct

$59,484.89

56

16

3

5

10

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

$835,503.13

579

167

66

89

77

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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