California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Illegal Dumping Technical Advisory Committee

Minutes: June 6, 2016

CalEPA Building
1001 I Street
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m. by Chair Grant Eisen

II. Introduction of Members and Guests

Members Attending

Frank Chin, CEAC
Cory Golden, League of CA Cities
Ray Scott, KCB
Larry Sweetser, ESJPA
Grant Eisen, Nevada Co Haz Mat
Harriet Hill, Public Member (Phone)
John Watkins, CCDEH
Trent Manning, Caltrans
Kathy Lynch, CRRC
Mark de Bie, CalRecycle

Other Attendees

Stephanie Young, CalRecycle
Mike O’Donnell, MRC
Wes Mindermann, CalRecycle
Liz Wagner, MRC
Agnes Vinluan, Contra Costa EHD
Wendy Harmon, CalRecycle
Etienne Ozorak, Sacramento Co SWD
Anna Szabo, City San Jose Code Enf
Russell Joyce, City San Jose Code Enf
Alistair Bleifuss, City Santa Rosa CE
Heaven Moore, City Santa Rosa CE
Krysty Emery, CalRecycle
Justin Vlach, CalRecycle
Ken Savano, City Petaluma PD
Rod Malloy, Breathe California
Ken Stuart, CalRecycle

Members Absent

Matt Carr, CDAA
Cara Martinson, CSAC
Gary Harris, LA City Code Enf
Jeff Fowle, CFBF
Ted Terrasas, Monterey Co IDTF
Chuck White, Waste Mgt. Inc
David Pang, Antelope Valley IDTF
Dexter English, Oakland City Mgr
Bill Mannel, SWANA
Tim Higares, Richmond PD
Teresa Bui, CAW
Rob Hutsel, SDRPF

III. Minutes

The minutes of the September 16, 2015 meeting were approved as circulated.

IV. Discussion Items

A. Keep California Beautiful Update

Ray Scott, President KCB, discussed the success with their school recycling awards program. In cooperation with the California Department of Education, there were 280 schools that participated in the 2015/16 program. This is the largest number of participating schools of any of the states involved in the Keep America Beautiful program. Mr. Scott indicated that the development focus for the next 5 years will be to include food wastes in the program.

B. Mattress Recycling Program Updates

  1. Mattress Recycling Council Update – Liz Wagner, MRC Territory representative, gave a presentation on the Mattress Recycling Program relative to illegal dumping. Ms. Wagner discussed the point that jurisdictions can be reimbursed up to $10/mattress for discarded mattresses they collect. Frank Chin asked if franchise haulers can receive pick up funds, and Ms. Wagner indicated that a hauler could receive monies provided the waste disposal site isn’t receiving reimbursement for the same mattresses.
  2. CalRecycle Mattress Recycling Update – Wendy Harmon, Product Stewardship and Innovative Technology Section, indicated that CalRecycle has received the MRC’s proposed Used Mattress and Recycling Program Budget for calendar year 2017, and that is identical to what was included in the initial 2016-2018 Program Budget. CalRecycle now has 90 days to approve or disapprove the CY 2017 budget.

C. Illegal Disposal Site Cleanup Grants - Homeless Encampments

  1. Grant Program Overview – Stephanie Young, Solid Waste and Tire Cleanup Program Section, provided a presentation on the Illegal Disposal Site Cleanup Grant Program process.
  2. City of Santa Rosa Grant Implementation – Alistair Bleifuss, City of Santa Rosa Code Enforcement, discussed the progress of the cleanup grant they received from CalRecycle for homeless encampments. The City’s grant implementation started on March 18, 2016 and, to date, they have identified 32 active sites and 105 abandoned camps, removed 303 cubic years of wastes, and removed 98 tires. The ongoing data collection on the cleanup shows that 95% of the wastes in the creeks in Santa Rosa is produced by homeless encampments.
  3. City of Petaluma Grant Implementation – Ken Savano, City of Petaluma Police Department, provided an update on the City’s implementation of the CalRecycle Cleanup grant. In addition to the actual ongoing cleanups, the Police Department is using the grant to cover the costs of a Code Enforcement Officer when he/she is working on grant projects. Police Department staff are anticipating using some of the grant monies to pay for additional staff costs related to cleanup of their homeless encampments.

D. Unregulated Waste Haulers Update

  1. Contra Costa County Program Update – Agnes Vinluan, Contra Costa Environmental Health Division, provided on update on the status of the proposed revisions to the County Codes relative to unregulated waste haulers. Currently, the revised codes will include a permit program, and should be at the Board of Supervisors for adoption soon. Ms. Vinluan will send a copy of the document for release to the IDTAC members as soon as it is available.

After discussion, it was agreed that the IDTAC should continue working with the League of California Cities staff to develop a survey that can determine the extent of the problem and identify what is needed to address the issue.

V. Updates from Members and Guests

  1. CalTrans--Trent Manning announced that Caltrans will be starting an employment program for military veterans in July. The veterans will be cleaning up illegal dump sites on Caltrans rights of way in several Caltrans Regions. The temporary employees will be paid around $14/hour, and will receive training for permanent jobs. A brief discussion ensued on coordination of illegal dumping cleanup activities between Caltrans, CalRecycle and the California Conservation Corps.
  2. Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority – Etienne Ozorak, Sacramento County Solid Waste Department, discussed their coordination activities on illegal dumping. The County SWD, and the City of Sacramento SWD, work through the Sacramento Regional Sanitation Authority to coordinate illegal dumping abatement in the City and the County. Mr. Ozorak indicated that the Authority, through joint funding, will be increasing its staff by 3 FTE, including two civil engineers and one regional coordinator. The Authority will be contracting with the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department to handle the illegal dumping enforcement activities.
  3. City of San Jose – Russell Joyce indicated that the City’s Environmental Services Department will assume coordination of illegal dumping programs on July 1st.

VI. Future IDTAC Directions

  1. Mark de Bie, CalRecycle, suggested that the IDTAC collect data on the fiscal impact of illegal transfer stations on local governments. It was agreed to have the IDTAC pursue the issue.

VII. Upcoming Meeting Date

It was agreed that the next IDTAC meeting should be set in early November 2016.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m. 

Last updated: July 26, 2016
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