COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF USED OIL PROGRAM Presentation to California Integrated Waste Management Board W. David Conn, D.Phil. Project Director Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo PURPOSE OF TODAY’S SESSION Review key findings and recommendations in final report ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Cal Poly research team Interviewees Board members former and present Used Oil Program staff others associated with the development of the Used Oil Program (e.g., former legislative staff) grantees operators of certified used oil collection centers officials of other entities (including non-profit and for-profit corporations) involved in collecting and recycling used oil staff in other California state agencies staff in other states’ used oil programs others generally knowledgeable about pollution issues in California Feedback from Used Oil Program staff GOAL OF CONTRACT AND INTENDED USE OF RESULTS Goal comprehensive overview and assessment of the Used Oil Program’s accomplishments and impacts in the 10 years since it was established Intended use of results assist in the development of a work plan for the Used Oil Program, streamlining the oil grant administration process and providing future options that could be implemented to increase used oil recycling rates ORGANIZATION OF REPORT Executive summary Introduction (including methodology) Summary description of Used Oil Program Findings, analysis, and recommendations Appendices METHODOLOGY Identify and review documents Identify and interview appropriate stakeholders (email, phone, and face-to-face) Conduct comparison of selected programs in California and elsewhere Perform analysis and develop recommendations Caveat regarding methodology USED OIL PROGRAM (UOP) California Oil Recycling Enhancement Act of 1991 (CORE Act) Intent is “to reduce the illegal disposal of used oil and recycle and reclaim used oil to the greatest extent possible in order to recover valuable natural resources and to avoid damage to the environment and threats to public health” MAJOR ELEMENTS OF UOP Used Oil Recycling Fund Grant program Block grants to local jurisdictions Competitive grants Certified used oil collection centers Education and outreach CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT Instrumental objective Achieving effectiveness and efficiency in implementing program elements Program objective Reduce illegal disposal of used oil and recycle and reclaim used oil to the greatest extent possible Ultimate legislative goal Recover valuable natural resources and avoid damage to the environment and threats to public health FINDINGS Instrumental objective – Success! Recycling incentive Network of collection centers Outreach and education Substantial funding through grants Paperwork reasonable FINDINGS Program objective – Good progress! Oil collection infrastructure established Over 600 million gallons collected/recycled Steady growth in annual collection of used oil FINDINGS Ultimate legislative goal – Progress, but more difficult to assess! Resources conserved Improper disposal reduced RECOMMENDATIONS Refocus on ultimate legislative goals and systematically consider how they might most effectively be achieved Conduct a well-conceived strategic planning effort RECOMMENDATIONS cont. Continue to broaden oil recycling focus beyond DIYers Aggressively promote program improvements to grantees Become more systematic about, and devote more resources to, statewide outreach and education RECOMMENDATIONS cont. Give more attention to reducing the rate of generation of used oil, in addition to promoting its recycling Consider modifying, or even eliminating, the recycling incentive QUESTIONS?
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