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  Item # 11.       
Meeting Date: 09/13/2021  
FROM: Fred Galante

Approve First Reading of an Ordinance Amending the City’s Solid Waste Management Ordinance and Purchasing Ordinance
Approve first reading by title only with further reading waived, of an Ordinance amending the City’s Solid Waste Management Ordinance and Purchasing Ordinance to comply with and implement new State laws regarding food recovery and organic waste recycling.
In 2017, the State set a goal to reduce statewide disposal of organic waste by 50% from the 2014 level by 2020, and by 75% from the 2014 level by 2025. In order to meet these goals, the State has implemented requirements for the recycling of organic waste and the recovery of edible food that would otherwise be thrown away.
Most recently, the State has imposed regulations to implement these goals in Title 14, Division 7, Chapter 12 of the California Code of Regulations, entitled “Short-Lived Climate Pollutants.”  These regulations were developed and adopted in response to California Senate Bill 1383 to regulate organics waste. The regulations place several new requirements on cities, waste haulers, and producers of organic waste, both businesses and residents. Most importantly, for the purposes of this report, the regulations require cities to adopt an ordinance and/or other enforceable mechanisms to enforce the regulations.

Some of the most significant changes to the Solid Waste Management Ordinance include:
  • Adding new definitions
  • Automatic enrollment in the recycling of non-organic (e.g., bottle, cans, plastics, and glass) and organic waste (e.g., food, green waste, wood, and paper products)
  • Requiring permits for self-haulers
  • Requiring businesses to educate tenants and employees about new organic waste recycling and separation
  • Requiring the City’s franchised waste hauler to provide collection services to comply with new organics regulations
  • New food recovery requirements for commercial edible food generators
  • Purchasing compliance requirements
A more detailed summary of changes is attached.

Approving the ordinance will enable the City to keep in compliance with CalRecyle requirements and provides the City and Valley Vista Services (VVS), our solid waste hauler, additional time past the January 1, 2022 deadline to evaluate their proposed organics recycling program and rate structure. There will be a follow-up workshop to present the VVS proposal.
The City Attorney’s office prepared the Ordinance in conjunction with City staff and has approved the Ordinance as to form.
APPROVED BY: Peter Grant, City Manager
Ordinance - Redline Version
Ordinance Changes Summary


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