|State law requires that each county, and the cities within the county, review their waste management planning documents every five years. Staff has completed the review and must submit the CIWMP Review Report that addresses specific criteria required by state law to CalRecycle by December 31, 2021.
The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, also known as Assembly Bill (AB) 939, required cities and counties in California to reduce the amount of solid waste disposed in landfills and transformed by 50% by the year 2000. More recently, under Senate Bill (SB) 1383 the goal has increased to 75% diversion by the year 2025. Both of which are to be achieved through source reduction, recycling and composting activities. The CIWMP is the guiding document for attaining these goals. Public Resources Code, Section 41822 requires each city and county to review its CIWMP at least once every five years to:
1. Correct any deficiencies in the element or plan;
2. Comply with the source reduction and recycling requirements; and
3. Revise the documents, as necessary.
The CIWMP consists of the Source Reduction and Recycling Elements, the Household Hazardous Waste Elements, and the Non-Disposal Facility Elements for Yolo County and the Cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland. The CIWMP also includes the Countywide Siting Element and County Summary Plan which are directly related to the unincorporated areas of the County. The CIWMP five-year review, submittal, and approval process identified in Title 14, California Code of Regulations, Section 18788 is summarized as follows:
The County's Waste Advisory Committee (WAC), acting as the County's LTF, is required to conduct a review of the CIWMP by the five-year anniversary of the state's approval of the CIWMP. This is the fifth five-year review of the CIWMP. The CIWMP was first approved on December 18, 1996, and subsequently in 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2016.
- Prior to the fifth anniversary of Board approval of the CIWMP, the Local Task Force (LTF) shall submit written comments on areas of the CIWMP which require revision, if any, to the county or regional agency and to CalRecycle.
- Within 45 days of receiving the LTF comments, the county shall determine if a revision is necessary and notify the LTF and CalRecycle of its findings in a CIWMP Review Report.
- Within 90 days of receipt of the CIWMP Review Report, CalRecycle shall review the County's or regional agency's report and approve or disapprove of the County's findings.
The Division of Integrated Waste Management (Division) staff prepared a draft five-year CIWMP Review Report using CalRecycle's CIWMP Review Report Guidelines and Report Template, which concluded the following:
1. The overall framework of the CIWMP is still applicable; and
2. The goals, objectives, policies, funding sources, and responsible administrative organizational units noted throughout the CIWMP are still accurately described.
The WAC began the five-year review process at the March 25, 2021 meeting, and continued work on the report through May of 2021. At the August 26, 2021 meeting, Division staff circulated the draft five-year report for the WAC members final review. To assist the WAC in determining if a revision of the CIWMP was necessary, county staff also reviewed the Report with the WAC members section by section, and solicited comments on the draft from the cities' waste reduction and recycling staff serving on the WAC. Following its review and discussion, the WAC concluded that it was not necessary to revise all the planning documents so long as the Electronic Annual Reports (EAR), prepared by all the jurisdictions, are updated annually to reflect any changes in programs. As required by the state regulations, on August 26, 2021, the WAC sent the attached letter (Att. C.) to the Division recommending that the Board of Supervisors approve and submit the five-year CIWMP Review Report to CalRecycle.
All county jurisdictions are exceeding the 50% diversion requirement and are implementing a number of diversion programs, including mandated residential and commercial organics, to work toward the 75% diversion requirements. To assist in meeting these new goals, Yolo County is constructing a new regional compost facility in partnership with Northern Recycling. Additionally, Yolo County has secured funding and helped establish a capacity plan for the first phase of the SB 1383 Edible Food Recovery program. These both are major milestones that directly tie back to the overall goals of the CIWMP.
Based upon the recommendation by the WAC, Division staff is recommending that the Board approve the County Integrated Waste Management Plan Five-Year Review Report and authorize the Department of Community Services to submit the report (Att. A.) and the cover letter (Att. B.) to CalRecycle.