California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Diversion Study Guide, Appendix B

"Big Picture" Evaluation Checklist for Field Review

(This is not an on-line form. Please print the checklist out and fill it in manually.)

Breakdown of waste stream (percentage)

Residential

Nonresidential

Residential and nonresidential service providers

Haulers

Number in community

Names

Type of hauling (e.g., curbside recycling, waste, etc.)

Contact the haulers for actual tonnage information (see Appendix D for sample form)

Drop-box haulers

Number in community

Names

Type of hauling (e.g., curbside recycling, waste, etc.)

Contact the haulers for actual tonnage information (see Appendix D for sample form)

Recyclers (recycling center, drop-off, scrap dealers, etc.)

Number in community

Names

Materials recycled

Contact the recyclers for actual tonnage information (see Appendix D for sample form)

Composters

Number in community

Names

Contact the composters for actual tonnage information

Transfer stations and Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs)

CalRecycle SWIS database has listing of facilities

Contact the transfer station or MRF for tonnage information

Landfills

Contact the landfill for diversion tonnage information

Alternative Daily Cover (ADC)

A tonnage report is available through CalRecycle's Disposal Reporting System

Residential sector activities

Garage sales

To calculate diversion tonnage for garage sale activities, a jurisdiction should conduct a survey and provide a reasonable estimate with supporting documentation.

Thrift stores

To calculate diversion tonnage for thrift store activities, a jurisdiction should conduct a survey and provide a reasonable estimate with supporting documentation.

Backyard composting

To calculate diversion tonnage for backyard composting activities, a jurisdiction should conduct a survey and provide a reasonable estimate with supporting documentation (see Appendix J for further information).

Residential grasscycling

Determine acreage being grasscycled through surveys and apply appropriate conversion factors.

Xeriscaping

To calculate diversion tonnage, a jurisdiction should conduct a survey and provide a reasonable estimate with supporting documentation.

Horse manure composting/reuse

Total manure diverted (see Appendix I for conversion factors).

Non-residential sector activities

Acquire list of non-residential sector generators (e.g., businesses, schools, government agencies, etc.)

Business licenses, commercial databases, franchise hauler can provide business names, addresses, phone numbers, and number of employees.

Large turf areas and associated acreage

Determine acreage being grasscycled at parks, golf courses, and sports fields and apply appropriate conversion factors.

Xeriscaping

To calculate diversion tonnage, a jurisdiction should conduct a survey and provide a reasonable estimate with supporting documentation.

Confidential document destruction companies

Contact companies to determine tonnage of paper recycled from the businesses in the community.

Food banks/food rescue services within the community

Contact food banks/rescue services to determine the amount of food that is diverted from restaurants, supermarkets, catering businesses, etc.

Rendering/tallow companies servicing community

Get number of stores served in community. Contact tallow companies to acquire the amount that is being recycled.

Tire shops

Get number of tires diverted or total weight. Note: If using just number of tires, get credit for smallest tire.

Construction companies

Contact companies that service community to determine diversion activities and amounts they undertake. Include roofers. See Appendix H, "What Counts Toward Diversion," for guidelines on addressing restricted wastes.

Sewage Sludge

Must be diverted through land spreading, composting, etc. See Appendix H, "What Counts Toward Diversion," for guidelines on counting sludge.

Contact the Department of Conservation (Division of Recycling)

Data includes curbside, buyback, and drop-off recycling information (see Appendix G).

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Last updated: March 19, 2000
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