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The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery joined its state and local partners in California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program on Wednesday, July 24 to re-emphasize operational safety to crews involved in the Camp Fire cleanup effort in Butte County.
Cal OES photo of multi-agency Camp Fire Debris Removal safety briefing on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.
The all-hands-on-deck meetings took place at both debris removal contractor base camps at 6:30 a.m. ahead of debris removal operations and included representatives from CalRecycle, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Transportation. The latest safety briefing was held in addition to regular safety-focused meetings to help reinforce safety protocols as the project progresses. Read more about the safety briefing on this Cal OES Newsroom post.Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Jul 25, 2019
Safety Concerns Prompt Pause in Debris Removal Operations
Media Contact: Lance Klug
SACRAMENTO – The Incident Management Team for Camp Fire debris removal operations in Butte County has ordered the temporary demobilization all wildfire debris removal crews until March 19, 2019. The recent string of wet weather has created unsafe conditions with oversaturated soil for debris removal workers and truck drivers while limiting the ability of designated landfills to accept material.
The Incident Management Team, which includes representatives from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (Cal Recycle) and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), made the decision to demobilize all debris removal crews based on the extended forecast. The Incident Management Team and debris removal contractors will meet on March 14, 2019, to reassess site conditions.
Pre-debris removal work including site assessments, asbestos surveys and abatement, chimney tipping, car tagging, and erosion control installation will continue as weather permits.
Phase 2 Progress Report as of March 7, 2019
Order of Operations Butte County Camp Fire ROEs Received by County 11,066 Step 1 – Site Assessment and Documentation Sites assessed 5,323 Asbestos surveys completed 3,469 Step 2 – Debris Removal Debris removal completed 213 Step 3 – Confirmation Sampling Sample results approved 47 Step 4 – Erosion Control Measures Erosion control completed 0 Step 5 – Final Inspection Final inspection completed 0Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Mar 12, 2019
Infrastructure Investments Add Jobs, Reduce Waste and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery approved $5.3 million in loans to two California companies to create new jobs, increase recycling infrastructure, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California. The financing will help Peninsula Plastics Recycling, Inc. of Turlock (Stanislaus County) and U.S. Rubber Recycling, Inc. of Grand Terrace (San Bernardino County) expand their workforce while making use of an additional 17,300 tons of California-generated waste tires and plastic each year.
“These local investments benefit all Californians by transforming a potential waste stream into a supply stream for our businesses, creating jobs, protecting our planet, and reducing our dependence on unstable foreign markets,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “In addition to conserving oil and other natural resources, manufacturing products from recycled materials requires less energy and results in fewer GHG emissions than making products from virgin materials.”
CalRecycle Support Available for California Recycling Businesses
CalRecycle provides financial and technical assistance to help reuse- and recycling-based businesses develop and prosper in California.
Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Jan 28, 2019
- CalRecycle’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Loan Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities. Through direct low-interest loans, CalRecycle financing helps California businesses expand capacity or establish new facilities that manufacture organics, fiber, plastic, or glass waste materials into new products.
- CalRecycle’s Recycling Market Development Zone Loan Program combines recycling with state and local economic development incentives to fuel new businesses, expand existing ones, and create additional markets for recycled-content products. The RMDZ program provides loans, technical assistance, and product marketing to recycling businesses located within one of the state’s 40 designated recycling market development zones.