California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

July Board Meeting Summary

Date: July 30, 2007

To: All Local Enforcement Agencies

Board Meeting: July 17, 2007
Permitting and Compliance (P&C) Committee Meeting: July 9, 2007

Summary of the Board and P&C Committee Meetings on items of possible interest to LEAs:

1. Angora Fire Update: The CIWMB committed more than $7 million to remove tons of scorched debris from forest lands and private properties from one of the worst fires in Lake Tahoe's history. The devastating Angora Wildfire in the Tahoe Basin consumed 3,100 picturesque acres, more than 254 residences, and 75 outbuildings. The CIWMB, in cooperation with El Dorado County and several other State agencies, is racing to protect, remediate, and restore this national treasure as quickly as possible. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between El Dorado County, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services and CIWMB, authorized existing CIWMB contractors to remove, transport and dispose of ash and debris, including vehicles, appliances, furniture, chemicals and wood waste. Besides the clean-up project, burned timber harvesting and removal, erosion control and timberland restoration projects are being evaluated to keep runoff from draining into the lake and Truckee River. The clean-up efforts are in conjunction with several other state and local agencies. Reimbursement will be made by the county from insurance payments paid by insurers for debris removal and must remit payments to the Board within 90 days of receiving the money. More information is available on the Angora Wildfire web page.

2. New Board Member: Cheryl Peace is back on the Board for CIWMB. She was recently appointed by Speaker of the Assembly Fabian Nunez. Cheryl serves on the Permitting and Compliance Committee as well as the Strategic Policy Committee.

3. P&C Committee Summary:

This month, the P&C committee heard the following items, (the Committee’s and/or Board’s actions are below each item).

  • Four solid waste facility permit items:

The Board concurred in two revised and two new full solid waste facility permits for the following types of facilities: one landfill, two transfer stations and one large volume construction & demolition/inert debris processing facility. All four permits were on the consent agenda.

  • One amended nondisposal facility element (NDFE) item:

The Board approved the amended NDFE for the unincorporated area of San Bernardino County (County) which now identifies Nursery Products, LLC, as a new composting facility. Under the Board’s Governance Policies, NDFEs are normally delegated to the Executive Director. However, this item came before the Board for consideration instead of the Executive Director as a delegated item because of strong public concern. A public interest group provided a statement to CIWMB staff alleging that the regulatory procedure for amending NDFEs was not followed. It was determined, by the Board, that the County’s procedure and description were sufficient. The permit will be before the Board in August 2007.

  • One item relating to failure to implement diversion programs

After considering the Biennial Review findings of the Source Reduction and Recycling Element (SRRE) program for one Southern California City, the Board found that the City had failed to adequately implement its diversion programs. The City’s diversion rate was found to be at about 40%. The Board issued a Compliance Order which provides a compliance schedule and specifies that failure by the City to comply with any part of the Compliance Order at any time may result in an earlier public hearing and fines of up to $10,000 per day.

  • One item on two grant awards:

The Board awarded the California District Attorneys Association’s (CDAA) Environmental Circuit Prosecutor Project a grant of $50,000 from the Tire Recycling Management Fund for purposes of prosecuting waste tire cases, training waste tire inspectors and waste tire enforcement grantees and a second grant of $50,000 from the Solid Waste Disposal Trust Fund for prosecutions related to providing access to solid waste sites for cleanup by the Board through the Solid Waste Disposal and Codisposal Site Cleanup Program. The CDAA project is a unique program that provides staff and training to perform environmental enforcement in California’s rural counties. Initiated in 1998, the program has helped to establish uniform, aggressive and consistent enforcement of environmental laws and has prosecuted more than 1,600 environmental cases statewide, both civil and criminal.

4. Other Committee/Board Discussion Items:

4.1. Bioenergy & biofuels-The Board heard a discussion item on CIWMB’s activities related to the production of bioenergy and biofuels from solid waste and landfill gas including a discussion of the results of the March 2007 Biofuels Forum sponsored by the CIWMB.

4.2 Universal waste and other special waste financing strategies–There was a discussion of the report titled, “Framework for Evaluating End-of-Life Product Management Systems in California” which was prepared in response to the then-pending 2006 landfill ban of universal waste (u-waste) which was expected to present local governments with a significant financial burden for proper u-waste end-of-life (EOL) management. The costs associated with proper EOL management of u-waste, projected to be over $42 million annually for batteries, fluorescent lamps, and mercury-containing thermostats alone, are currently borne almost exclusively by local government agencies that have limited options for providing these services. The report examines alternate financing strategies for u-waste and paint EOL management that might be implemented in California.

4.3 E-Waste Update–The Board heard an update on the e-waste recycling program and program net cost analysis. There are currently approximately 590 approved collectors in the covered electronic waste (CEW) payment system. Of these, approximately 60 are also approved recyclers. The role of the collector is to recover CEW, determine eligibility and document the source, and transfer the CEW to an approved recycler. The role of the recycler is to receive and dismantle (cancel) the CEW, send the resulting residuals to market, and submit a payment claim containing all required documentation. An advance recycling fee of $6, $8, or $10 has been assessed at the point of sale since January 1, 2005, depending on the screen size of the device. Monies paid by consumers are remitted by retailers to the Board of Equalization (BOE) and deposited in the Electronic Waste and Recovery and Recycling Account, established by the Act within the Integrated Waste Management Fund. The Account is used to pay for program related operations of the BOE, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the Board, as well as pay recovery and recycling payments to approved participants in the CEW recovery and recycling payment system.

4.4 Strategic Directives–The Board conducted a workshop on the CIWMB’s Strategic Directives (SD) that continue to guide the Board’s decisions. SDs are listed below.

5. Upcoming events: also see LEA Training

  • July 25
    Eight-Hour Tier One Health and Safety Refresher
  • July 31-August 1
    State Minimum Standards Training Wait List Only
  • August 8-9
    State Minimum Standards Training
  • August 15-16
    State Minimum Standards Training Wait List Only
  • August 21
    Beginning Landfill Gas Training Workshop
    South San Francisco
  • August 22-23
    State Minimum Standards Training Day 1 Wait List Only
    Santa Ana
  • August 23
    Beginning Landfill Gas Training Workshop
  • August 28-29
    State Minimum Standards Training
    San Diego
  • September 19
    Beginning Landfill Gas Training Workshop Wait List Only
  • September 26
    Beginning Landfill Gas Training Workshop
    San Diego
  • September 27
    Beginning Landfill Gas Training Workshop
  • October 3
    Beginning Landfill Gas Training Workshop
  • October 16-18
    10th Annual LEA/CIWMB Conference
    San Diego

The next Board meeting will be on August 14. The P&C Committee will meet on Monday, August 6 at 1:30 p.m. and the Strategic Policy Development Committee will meet on August 7, at 10 a.m.

The Committee and Board meetings are audio broadcast and are available from almost any personal computer with Internet access. Go to and click on the far right link under "More Resources" titled "Broadcasts & Videos" or click on "Broadcasts" in the upper right corner of the electronic meeting agenda.

July 29, 2007 Board Meeting: Permitting and Compliance and Other Agenda Items

All agenda items may be accessed at:

1. Approved. Consideration of the Amended Nondisposal Facility Element for the Unincorporated Area Of San Bernardino County (P&C Committee Item B)

2. Compliance Order Issued. Consideration of the 2003/2004 Biennial Review Findings for the Source Reduction and Recycling Element; and Consideration of Issuance of a Compliance Order for the City of Hawaiian Gardens, Los Angeles County (P&C Committee Item C)

3. Pulled. Consideration of Action for Noncompliance with Public Resources Code (PRC) Section 42926 By: 50th District Agricultural Association; Berkeley City College; California Community College Chancellor`s Office; California State Prison, Los Angeles County; College Of Alameda; Compton Community College; Laney College; and Merritt College (Committee Item D)

4. Concurred (Consent). Consideration of a Revised Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit (Disposal Facility) for the Barstow Sanitary Landfill, San Bernardino County (P&C Committee Item E)

5. Concurred (Consent). Consideration of a Revised Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit (Transfer/Processing Facility) for the Guerneville Transfer Station, Sonoma County (P&C Committee Item F)

6. Concurred (Consent). Consideration of a New Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit (Transfer Facility) for the Alameda County Industries Transfer Facility, Alameda County (P&C Committee Item G)

7. Concurred (Consent). Consideration of a New Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit (Large Volume Construction & Demolition/Inert Debris Processing Facility) for California Waste Services LLC, City of Los Angeles (P&C Committee Item H)

8. Approved (Committee Consensus). Consideration of Award of a Waste Tire Enforcement Grant and Solid Waste Disposal And Codisposal Site Cleanup Program Grant to the California District Attorneys Association Circuit Prosecutor Project (Tire Recycling Management Fund, Solid Waste Disposal Trust Fund, FY 2007/2008) (P&C Committee Item I)

10. Discussion. Discussion of Bioenergy and Biofuels-Related Activities and Contractor Report Titled: `The Role of Hydrogen in Landfill Gas Utilization` (Strategic Policy Committee Item C)

11. Discussion. Presentation and Discussion of Contractor Report Titled: `Framework for Evaluating End-of-Life Product Management Systems In California` (Strategic Policy Committee Item D)

13. Discussion. Presentation and Discussion of Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Program Update and Net Cost Report Analysis (Markets Committee Item B)

24. Discussion. Workshop on Strategic Directives

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Date Released: July 30, 2007
LEA Correspondence,
Melissa Hoover-Hartwick: (916) 341-6813