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Meeting Date: 04/07/2021  
From: Caleb Schneider

Receive the “City of Pacific Grove Annual Report of Solid Waste, Recycling and Organics Collection Services 2020 Submitted by GreenWaste Recovery, Inc.” and review the tentative timeline for future items to come before the City Council.
Historically the City has utilized a contractor to provide refuse collection, hauling and processing services by means of a franchise agreement model where the City, through a competitive bidding process, chooses a contractor to exclusively provide refuse services. 

In 2012, the City participated with other municipal members of the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD), in issuing a competitive request for proposals for waste collection services. These members include Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Carmel, Pebble Beach and Sand City. In addition to these members, the services of HF&H Consultants, LLC are utilized to collect, consolidate and analyze data as well as provide guidance to the member Cities.  

In 2014, the member Cities and GreenWaste Recovery (GWR) entered into a 15-year Franchise Agreement providing GWR with exclusive franchise rights to provide garbage, recycling, and organics collection to residential and commercial sectors within the City.

Per the Franchise Agreement (Agreement) with GWR, quarterly and annual reports are required to be submitted to the City per the specification called out in Exhibit D of the Agreement. The Agreement and reports can be viewed on the City’s solid waste website.

Quarterly reports contain information about the previous three months including a summary of tonnage of material processed, City Services, Customer Service, Education and Outreach, Pilot/New Programs as well as Revenue. 

The Annual Reports consist of the 4th quarter report and an additional report which covers an assessment of the programs performed under the agreement, a vehicle inventory, recyclables markets, and cost based rate adjustments data, if applicable.  

Compliance with new laws - SB 1383 Reducing Short Lived Climate Pollutants 
SB1383 requires the state to reduce organic food waste disposal by 75% by 2025. The bill also requires the state to increase the recovery of edible food waste to 20% by 2025. This has significant policy and legal implications for state, county and local governments. 

The City, Greenwaste and MRWMD staff have been meeting regularly since October of 2020 through the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to determine how implementation of the SB 1383 will be administered to our residents and businesses. The TAC has a representative form every jurisdiction and from all trash haulers that reside in Monterey County.  

As part of SB 1383 every jurisdiction will need to provide organics recovery services and will be responsible for reporting on and enforcing the law.  After the details of the implantation plan are vetted by the TAC, Staff will then bring items forward to City Council for their consideration. The table below highlights the major actions necessary for full SB 1383 implementation.

Date Item
May - June 2021 Staff is working to refine standard language provided by HF&H then bring to the City Council in May or June to present proposed changes in the terms of the franchise agreement, City code and rate adjustments to accommodate SB 1383 implementation.
January 1, 2022 Full implementation of SB 1383 required with State taking enforcement action when necessary. Pacific Grove will have to have finalized changes to municipal code in order to be in compliance. 
January 1, 2024 Jurisdictions must take enforcement actions on entities not compliant  with SB 1383 requirements.
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There is no fiscal impact associated with receiving this report. Future reports will discuss all fees associated with SB 1383 implementation. 
GOAL ALIGNMENT: Environmental Stewardship: Adopt and develop policies and ordinances that preserve and protect the environment.


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