California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

September 2009 Board Meeting Summary

Date: September 21, 2009

To: All Local Enforcement Agencies

Board Meeting: September 15, 2009
Permitting and Compliance (P&C) Committee Meeting: September 8, 2009
Strategic Policy Committee Meeting: September 9, 2009
Market Development and Sustainability Committee Meeting: September 10, 2009

September Meeting Action Summary

Agenda items are listed by agenda number below:

Actions Taken by the California Integrated Waste Management Board in September 2009 of Interest to Local Enforcement Agencies
Agenda Item Number Agenda Item Board Action Notes
1 Revised Full Solid Waste Facilities Permit for Rainbow Transfer/Recycling Company (Transfer/Processing Facility) Concurred (Consent) Located in Orange County
2 Status Report on Alternative Daily Cover, Food and Green Waste Composting, Farm and Ranch Composting, Compostable Material Land Application, and Three-Part Test Discussion Staff provided an update on review of regulations in the following areas: Composting - Food waste; Alternative Daily Cover (ADC); Beneficial Use; Farm and Ranch Composting; Three Part Test/Green Material Contamination. The areas are being reviewed to be sure existing regulations are grounded in the best available science, address changing market conditions, and take advantage of developing technologies. Thus far, white papers on Food Waste Composting and Alternative Daily Cover have been written, shared with stakeholders at well attended workshops, and comments have been gathered. These comments will be used to edit and revise white papers, which will be presented to the Board in final documents In October. Cal Poly was selected as the contractor to study different models and methods to improve the Three Part Test. The study is on-going and is expected to be completed in December 2009.
3 Presentation on Guidance Document Describing How Anaerobic Digestion is Regulated Under the Integrated Waste Management Act and Board Regulations Discussion Staff provided an update on the Anaerobic Digestion Guidance Document. The guidance was shared with Local Enforcement Agencies, internal staff, and presented in public workshops. The document was written to provide guidance to project proponents, LEAs and staff on how current CIWMB regulatory framework could be applied to the permitting/authorization of AD technology. A final document will be published after edits and comments are incorporated into the document.
4 Consideration of a New Project for the Waste Tire Stabilization and Abatement Program (Tire Recycling Management Fund, FY 2009/10) Approved The Board approved the cleanup of the Tri-C Tire Recycling, Inc., located in Woodland under the Waste Tire Stabilization and Abatement Program. The site, which has an estimated 7,400 tires on it, has been under a Cleanup and Abatement Order since May 2008 and the illegally stored tires have yet to be removed. The owners of the site pledged at the September 2009 Committee Meeting to complete cleanup within 60 to 90 days; however, the Board encumbered funds for the cleanup of this site in the event owners fail to act. The project will use an estimated $75,000 from the Tire Recycling Management Fund.
5 Consideration of a New Project for the Solid Waste Disposal and Codisposal Site Cleanup Program (Solid Waste Disposal Trust Fund, FY 2009/10) Approved The Border Field State Park (BFSP) 15 miles south of San Diego is located within the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Two sediment basins were constructed within the BFSP in 2005 to intercept sediment and debris from Mexico and protect the Tijuana River Estuary. Due to the 2008-2009 winter storms the basins are now at or near capacity. The California Department of Parks and Recreation does not have the funds to clean out the basin prior to the 2009-2010 winter. The Board approved the project to assist the California Department of Parks and Recreation with this critical remediation. The project is estimated to cost $1,600,000.
6 Presentation of Contractor's Report on California`s Compost And Mulch Producing Infrastructure Third Assessment Discussion Managing organics is a critical part of the Board’s diversion and climate change efforts. Board staff contracted for a survey to provide information on the number and type of facilities that produce compost and mulch; information on product diversity and potential markets for the products; and how operators were responding to regulatory challenges. It was found that green material was the primary feedstock used by most composting and mulch facilities, followed by wood. A smaller percentage of facilities used food scraps and biosolids. Compost was the largest volume of product created from greenwaste, followed by Alternative Daily cover. Agriculture remains the number one market for compost/mulch product. Caltrans is a relatively new consumer of compost/mulch product has great potential for growth.
7 Presentation of Contractor's Report on California 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization Study Discussion Staff presented contractor’s report on the contents of the state’s waste disposal stream and what is filling our landfills. As of 2008, 30 percent of the waste stream is composed of materials in the Inert/Other category like shingles, concrete and lumber. Food accounts for 16 percent of landfill contents, and organic materials like yard waste, textiles and other carbon based materials make up 17 percent of waste stream. Of the top ten types of materials disposed in landfills, four are easily composted: food, lumber, cardboard and leaves/grass. About 15 percent of disposed waste includes commonly recycled materials like cans, bottles, and paper. It was found that about of commonly recycled materials are clean enough for recycling right out of the garbage truck, and more than half of all wood waste is clean. Diverting only half of organic materials that end up in landfills now would increase statewide diversion significantly, and reduce GHG emissions.
8 Presentation of and Request for Direction on Stakeholder Input on AB 32 Scoping Plan Mandatory Commercial Recycling Measure Approved The Waste Board is the lead agency for oversight of mandatory commercial recycling, one of the scoping measures in AB 32 to reduce GHG emissions. Mandatory recycling must achieve a reduction of 5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents. Under the AB 32 Scoping Plan, most jurisdictions have focused recycling programs on residential sector. However, there are more than 2 million commercial businesses that generate more than half of all solid waste disposed in landfills. Much of this waste is traditionally recyclable material with high GHG emissions. By diverting half of that, it would achieve the 5 million metric ton reduction. A white paper outlining existing programs and a range of policy issues was drafted, and two workshops were held. Staff then presented initial regulatory concepts to the Board’s Strategic Policy Development Committee in September. The conceptual approach would require all businesses that generate more than 4 cubic yards of solid waste per week be required to subscribe to recycling service or haul their own recyclables to existing facilities. Jurisdictions would be required to implement commercial recycling programs if they do not already have one in place; they would have flexibility to decide which materials to address and which businesses may be exempt, and flexibility to determine methods of enforcement, monitoring and penalties. Board would provide oversight by its normal jurisdiction diversion program implementation review process. AB 32 requires that Scoping Plan measures such as the mandatory recycling regulation be adopted by the January 1, 2011, with implementation of the overall regulation beginning January 1, 2012. Board staff are drafting regulatory language and will return to the Board in December to seek approval to begin the formal 45-day comment period; staff also is working with the ARB on the process by which the ARB will provide final approval of the regulatory package.
9 Consideration of Funding Contracts for an Outreach and Education Campaign to Promote Sustainable Tire Practices and an Outreach and Education Campaign to Promote the Use Of Tire-Derived Products (Tire Recycling Management Fund, FY 2009/10) Approved The Board awarded two contracts in April 2009 for outreach and education campaigns to promote sustainable tire practices and the use of tire derived products on California roads, but due to the Governor’s June 2009 executive order affecting 2008/09 funds, the contracts could not move forward. Staff recommended that the Board reinstate the contracts using 2009/10 funds. Edelmen will receive $2,083,801.50 to conduct a public outreach campaign promoting proper tire inflation with a higher emphasis on changing driver behavior with a “call to action” message. Katz & Associates will receive $772,129.06 to continue the Board’s campaign to promote Green Roads—using rubberized asphalt concrete and tire-derived aggregate materials in road and highway construction—through outreach to the general public and State and local agencies.
10 Consideration of the Tire Equipment Loan Program Application for Golden By-Products, Inc. d.b.a. Scrap Tire Company (Tire Recycling Management Fund, FY 2009/10) Approved Staff recommended approval of the tire equipment loan program application for Golden By-Products. The loan will allow 85 jobs to be maintained, and result in diversion of over 34,000 tons of waste tires from landfills. The $1 million loan will purchase equipment to expand operations.
11 Consideration of the Tire Equipment Loan Program Application for Bulldog Marketing, LLC d.b.a. Bulldog Rubber & Recycling (Tire Recycling Management Fund, FY 2009/10) Approved Staff recommended approval a $2,000,000 loan to finance the purchase of equipment for Bulldog Marketing’s newly started tire recycling facility in Vista, CA. The loan will result in hiring of at least 19 new employees and diversion of 13,000 tons per year of waste tires.

September Meeting Quick Notes

  • E-Waste Update: Since the E-waste recycling program began nearly five years ago, the state recently passed the 700 million pound milestone of covered electronic waste recycled and reclaimed through the system. There are over 60 recyclers and 600 collectors that accumulate materials. Claim work load remains very high for Board staff. Currently, recyclers are allowed to submit claims monthly. Though the number of participants in the system remains stable, there is quite a bit of turnover of collectors leaving and joining the system. The Board only wants to pay for California collected materials, and is holding participants accountable. As a result, those with problems with source documentation sometimes leave or are asked to leave the system. Next year the Board will have the opportunity to adjust payment rates and consumer fees to keep the program solvent. But right now, solvency doesn’t seem to be a problem. The program has increased harvesting of non-covered devices.
  • Model Water Efficient Landscaping: In this time of drought, water-efficient landscape practices can greatly contribute to water conservation, and compost use can play a big role in conserving water when it comes to landscapes. Use of compost in water-efficient landscapes could also assist local jurisdictions in meeting AB 939 diversion goals and assist with climate change by reducing the amount of energy required to pump water for irrigation. Thanks to the dedicated work of Board staff and the Department of Water Resources, the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance has been updated to promote a sustainable landscape through various methods including the use of compost as mulch. The inclusion of compost and mulch and promotion of this Ordinance is one of the CIWMB measures included in the AB 32 Scoping Plan.
  • Wildfires: Board staff consulted with representatives from Placer, Los Angeles and Mendocino regions where major fires occurred during month of September. Staff provided technical expertise to coordinate cleanup and debris removal that occurred because of fires. An emergency waiver to modify hours of the Stonyford Solid Waste Disposal Site was issued in Colusa because firefighters located at a major staging area were generating waste that couldn’t be handled during normal operating hours. Board staff also worked with Placer LEA to provide technical assistance on management of debris ash, structural integrity of concrete foundations, and use of bin programs for disposal following 49 fire. Assisted LEA in preparing emergency waiver to allow for increased daily tonnages to handle debris from fire.
  • Training: The Board is preparing for its 12th Annual LEA, Tire Enforcement, and CIWMB Training and Technical Course Series. Board staff has been examining how to upgrade training opportunities for its enforcement agencies. To increase value for its training participants, the Board has applied to have its training programs incorporated into continuing education credit through the Department of Public Health for Registered Environmental Health Specialists.

Upcoming Events

See the LEA Training Calendar and Board Events Calendar

Although not currently available, CIWMB will actively work with Department of Public Health to secure Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) continuing education units (CEU) for appropriate CIWMB-sponsored training when the CEUs become available.

This all LEA email summarizing Board actions at this month's Board Meeting was sent on behalf of the LEA Outreach Training Support Branch of the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), and Ted Rauh, Director, Waste Compliance and Mitigation Program.

Please note: Past emails and other correspondence are retained for historical purposes. Over time, some information and links on these pages may become dated and/or inaccurate.

Date Released: September 21, 2009
LEA Correspondence,
Melissa Hoover-Hartwick: (916) 341-6813