THE SOLID WASTE TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
                                           November 21, 2005


The meeting of the Solid Waste Technical Committee was called to order at 1:15 p.m. by
Diane Christensen. She asked for self introductions by the committee and asked each member to report
on any activities regarding solid waste and recycling in each jurisdiction.


Members Present:

Kahono Oei, City of Banning
Eliza Echevarria, City of Moreno Valley
Christina Foster, City of Riverside
Nancy Driggers, City of Murrieta
Mike Emberton, City of San Jacinto
Wayne Napier, City of Perris
Dean Wetter, City of Corona
Diane Christensen, Riverside County Waste Management District

Guests Present:

Duane Burk, City of Banning
Rob Johnson, City of Corona
Paul Ryan, Inland Empire Disposal Association
Dolores Badillo, CR&R
Melissa Vargas, CIWMB
Julie Reyes, Waste Management Inc.
Alex Brackavich, Waste Management Inc.
Janet Moreland, Riverside County Waste Management District
Kathleen Utter, Riverside County Waste Management District

Staff Present:

Barbara Spoonhour, WRCOG Program Manager
Alex Serena, WRCOG Staff Analyst


Rob Johnson stated he’s only been on the job for six days and has nothing to report as of yet.

Kahono Oei announced that Duane Burk, Public Works Director for Banning will take over solid waste
related duties.

Eliza Echevarria said Moreno Valley’s big focus is household hazardous waste, there have been issues
in their trash dumpsters and are trying to get the word out to the citizens not to dump HHW materials.

Christina Foster talked about Saturday’s bulky item event where the city collected at five different sites
throughout the city. Next up is their HHW event in December.

Nancy Driggers stated her city is hiring a new code enforcement officer that will focus on commercial
recycling to ensure businesses are using the city’s franchise waste hauler and also on new education

Alex Serena announced 5 upcoming radio remotes with KCAL 96.7 FM hosting them. The first one will
be in Norco, and the second in Riverside. The rest will scheduled at a later date.

Paul Ryan is working with South Coast Air Quality Management District on PR 410 which is a rule that
requires transfer stations and MRFs to enclose and retrofit for odor control.

Wayne Napier is working with CR&R on the city’s diversion rate and continuing to purchase CNG
vehicles for their clean air systems.

Dean Wetter talked about the city’s strategy in finding a balance between being business friendly and
also meeting their diversion numbers.

Diane Christensen announced that the Environmental Health Department has asked the Waste
Management Department to take over the household hazardous waste program. The County will be
looking into ways of serving the residents better and might even check into building more permanent
collection facilities, most likely though the program will be a combination of events and temp facilities.
The target date for the transition will be June 30, of 2006.


There were no public comments


I.A      Revised minutes from August 15, 2005 meeting.

        Diane Christensen asked to table the motion and table the vote.

        Action:            Motion and vote have been tabled.


      A. Solid Waste Cooperative Program - Update

         Ms. Spoonhour went over two issues with the program. She referred to the staff report and spoke
        about the AB 939 reporting that WRCOG does for 10 of the cities in the co-op program. She then
        spoke about the work plan out which outlines business recycling, multi-family recycling and large
        venue recycling. Emails were sent to jurisdictions requesting the top six waste generators in each
        city. So far, six cities have responded. WRCOG has begun visiting business in the City of Norco
        to gather what they’re throwing in their trash and what they’re recycling. Once all the information
        is gathered, a booklet will be developed to address what kind of trash the businesses are throwing
        out and how they can recycle this waste instead.

         Multi-family recycling was then discussed; no real progress has been made. There are two cities
        that have volunteered to participate, Corona and Lake Elsinore; Ms. Spoonhour asked these cities
        for the names of the property management companies that the cities would like WRCOG to talk to
        so that recycling programs can be developed for the properties.

         Ms. Spoonhour said that large venue recycling will be discussed by Melissa Vargas from the
        Integrated Waste Management Board.

         The last thing covered was the quorum issue; some cities are having trouble attending the SWTC
        meeting due to limited staff. The issue is if only two cities don’t show up to the meeting there is
        no quorum therefore the SWTC can’t move forward. WRCOG’s legal department gave us two
        options that we can go with. The first one is Robert’s Rules of Meeting and do recommendations
        as a group which will forward all actions to the Technical Advisory Committee and then it would be
        elevated to the Executive Committee. The other option is to do a subsection of WRCOG’s
        bylaws, where we can define what kind of duties WRCOG will have in the solid waste cooperative
        program, we can also figure out a meeting schedule that will work for most. With the quorum
        issue, we can have the Executive Committee elect four cities to be represented and be voting
        members as well as the county. It would be a quorum of five to pass any type of action.
        Mr. Dean Wetter suggests the SWTC form a sub-committee to look at the quorum issue and to
        come back to the committee with recommendations.
        Other suggestions from members were to change schedule of meetings from bi-monthly to
        quarterly meetings.

        Action: Develop a sub-committee to look at how the SWTC can enhance participation and the
        cooperative share. Volunteers for the subcommittee are: Eliza Echevarria, Mike Emberton and
        Diane Christensen.

         M/S/C (Wetter/Echevarria) unanimous.


A        Cleanest County in the West Program – Update

         Action: Receive and File.

         M/S/C (Wetter/Echevarria) unanimous.

B        Used Oil Recycling Program - Update

         Action: Receive and File.

         M/S/C (Wetter/Echevarria) unanimous.

C        Used Oil Opportunity Grant - Update

         Action: Receive and File.

         M/S/C (Wetter/Echevarria) unanimous.

D        Legislative Update
         Action: Receive and File.

         M/S/C (Wetter/Echevarria) unanimous.


A.       California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) Update

        In the fall of 2004, the Governor signed a new law to encourage operators of large venues and
        events in California to reduce waste. Ms. Vargas gave an overview of AB 2176. This statute
        does not require the Board to regulate or enforce this division but rather to obtain information for
        future recommendations.
        The intent of the legislations is to make it convenient for attendees to recycle. Encourage local
        ordinances. Promote waste reduction, planning, design and operation and to form partnerships
        with community groups.
        A large event charges admission or is operated by the jurisdiction and more than 2,000 attendees
        enter the event. If it’s not operated by the jurisdiction and is not charge admission it isn’t
        considered a large event under this law regardless of the number of attendees. Events on Indian
        and tribal lands are not subject to the provisions of this state mandate. A large venue is a
        permanent facility, has an annual average of more than 2,000 attendees and workers per day. If
        it’s not a public attraction it isn’t a venue. If the event is on state property, and they currently are
        reporting under AB 75, then they would not have to report again because it would be double
        Large venue events and large events must develop waste reduction plans and set goals and
        timelines. Once the plan is implemented, reporting will be on a bi-annual basis. Jurisdictions
        must identify large venues and large events.
        A model ordinance has been developed to address large venue recycling; local jurisdictions can
        modify the model to meet their specific needs. The adoption of the ordinance will be voluntary.



        Update from newly formed sub-committee.
        Dean Wetter would like a briefing of the presentations in the agenda prior to the meeting to be
        better informed and prepared to ask questions.
        Diane Christenson would like an update on the alternative compliance system.
        Barbara Spoonhour suggested to the SWTC if they would be interested in looking into NPDES
        issues as it has become an issue for some of the cities. Eliza Echevarria said that it would be
        beneficial to have a presentation regarding NPDES because it would help the solid waste
        department find ways in helping the NPDES department. Mike Emberton stated that it would be a
        good idea if we start following more closely NPDES issues as it will be a hot topic in the near


        Dean Wetter introduced Rob Johnson; he will be working on recycling duties. Also, the next HHW
        event will be hosted in Corona on December 3 & 4.

Kahono Oei introduced Duane Burk, the new Public Works Director for the City of Banning. He will be
taking over solid waste issues for the city.

Set Next Meeting:          January 23, 2005 at 1:00 p.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT                2:43


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