Listed below are recent posts across all of CalRecyle's blogs.

  • SB 1383 Rulemaking Launch Party

    In September 2016, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The new law requires that CalRecycle implement regulations to reduce organic waste disposal by 50 percent by 2020, and 75 percent by 2025. It also requires that not less than 20 percent of edible food that is currently disposed of is recovered for human consumption by 2025.

    At CalRecycle’s monthly public meeting on Tuesday, staff will recommend approval to complete and file the draft regulations with the Office of Administrative Law and begin the formal rulemaking process. This step has been preceded by almost two years of informal stakeholder workshops and statewide cost-benefit analyses.

    In non-government-ese: We’ve been working hard to figure out the best way to implement this new law, and we’ve gotten a lot of input from local communities and businesses, and we’ve constructed a detailed plan that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and feed hungry Californians. This is a big deal!

    Also at the public meeting, CalRecycle staff will seek approval to conclude the formal rulemaking process for AB 901(Gordon, Chapter 746, Statutes of 2015). This law changes how organics, recyclable material, and solid waste are reported to CalRecycle and will help the department focus its efforts to increase recycling in the state.

    In non-government-ese: Draft regulations, which detail the AB 901 reporting requirements and how CalRecycle will enforce them, have already been reviewed by OAL, and this action will finalize them. This is also a big deal.

    We’ll also announce grant recipients for our Tire Incentive Program and for projects using rubberized pavement and tire-derived aggregate. All three of these grant programs help California make good use of some of the 48 million waste tires managed in the state each year, rather than have them end up in landfills.

    CalRecycle December 2018 Public Meeting
    10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18
    Byron Sher Auditorium, CalEPA Building
    1001 I St., Sacramento, CA

    You can find the full agenda (and a lot of SB 1383 documents, including a few explanatory infographics) for CalRecycle’s December public meeting here. If you can’t make it in person, join us by webcast (the link will go live shortly before the meeting begins).

    Posted on In the Loop by Heather Jones on Dec 17, 2018

  • Eco-Friendly Autumn Checklist

    Eco-Friendly Autumn Checklist
    Posted on In the Loop by CalRecycle Staff on Sep 21, 2018

  • Fact Check: What Affected Homeowners Should Know About Wildfire Debris Removal

    Crews managed by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery are making significant progress clearing debris from private properties destroyed by the Carr Fire in Shasta County and the Klamathon Fire in Siskiyou County. CalRecycle-managed crews are also set to begin debris removal on homes destroyed by the Mendocino Complex and Pawnee fires in Lake County.

    Residents who wish to take advantage of the state-run debris removal program pay no out-of-pocket costs but are required to return signed right-of-entry agreements to their local governments before crews can begin work.

    Incident Right-of-Entry Deadline
    Klamathon Fire (Siskiyou County) Passed (Contact your local government)
    Carr Fire (Shasta County/City of Redding) Sept. 30, 2018
    Mendocino Complex Fire (Lake County) Sept. 28, 2018
    Pawnee Fire (Lake County) Sept. 28, 2018

    CalRecycle manages California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program under the leadership of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and local governments. Here are other key facts about the program:

    • California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program is entirely state-run and managed by CalRecycle experts with more than a decade of experience in disaster debris removal.
    • The state-run program covers asbestos testing and removal; site assessments and documentation; removal of all burned debris, foundations, ash, and contaminated soil; air monitoring and dust control; soil sampling; soil re-scraping (as needed); erosion control installation; and final inspection.
    • State-managed crews follow stringent health and safety standards to help rebuild communities to the highest standards and prevent additional harm during the cleanup process.
    • Private cleanups are required to follow the same health, safety, and environmental standards as state-managed cleanups; this should be factored into any private cleanup cost estimates.
    • Over the past 15 disaster debris removal operations, the average cost per lot for CalRecycle-managed cleanups was $74,958. Per-lot costs can vary dramatically depending on geographic distribution, structures per site, access issues, environmental conditions, and distance to an acceptable disposal facility.
    • CalRecycle documents the amount of material removed, trucked, and disposed from each property to ensure fiscal and operational accountability.
    • There are no out-of-pocket costs to participating homeowners, regardless of actual cleanup costs or residential insurance coverage
    • Homeowners with insurance that specifically covers debris removal may be required to remit the portion of the insurance claim payments that are specifically reserved for that activity.
    • Property owners may be able to first utilize debris removal insurance proceeds for debris removal work that is outside the scope of the state-managed program, such as the removal of pools and driveways, and trees/fencing/outbuildings outside the ash footprint. Contact your insurance provider for specifics on your policy.

    Get answers to any remaining debris removal questions by contacting representatives at the Debris Removal Operations Center in your community.

    Shasta Co. Debris Removal Operations Center
    1300 Hilltop Drive
    Redding, CA 96003

    Siskiyou Co. Debris Removal Operations Center
    1312 Fairlane Road
    Yreka, CA 96097

    Lake Co. Debris Removal Operations Center
    898 Lakeport Boulevard
    Lakeport, CA 96453

    Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Sep 18, 2018