CAC meeting Thursday, April 14th, 2022 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.

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Mar 30, 2022, 2:55:11 PMMar 30

CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ CRRA San Diego Chapter and Zero Waste San Diego Public Meeting
WHEN:  Thursday, April 14th, 2022 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.
This meeting will be virtual
Phone call in through Teams:
Call +1 619-343-2539 United States, San Diego (Toll) and enter the meeting ID 591 154 284#
Contact: Steve Weihe 858-694-2559
Submit Agenda Items to Chair Rick Anthony and County Staff Steve Weihe 2 weeks prior to the next meeting: and
·         Welcome and Introductions
·         Approval, Minutes March 2022 
·         Chair’s Report
·         Staff Reports
·         Cities
·         County
·         Haulers
·         Non-Profits
·         LWV
·         Public Comments and Communication
·         Regional Planning Issues
·         Legislative Update
·         Roundtable
·         Adjournment
WHEN: Thursday, March 10, from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
·         Welcome and Introductions
o   Leslie Webb Blanco (City of Vista), Anthony Smith (Republic), Derek Lam (City of San Diego), Steve Weihe (County of San Diego), Tracy Black (Green STEAM Alliance), Beryl Flom (League of Women Voters), Ric Anthony (Zero Waste San Diego), Bob Hill (EDCO), Kristy Stone (Green STEAM Alliance)
·         Approval, Minutes February 2022-approved, no changes  
·         Chair’s Report
o   Chair asked if Tier 1 Generators have been identified
o   Earth Fair this year will be in-person
§  Rafael’s is lacking staff for tent rentals, but volunteers may be able to fill the gap.
§  Two food courts and beer gardens will be operating
o   4 Fix It Clinics are scheduled for April-Chula Vista (4/9), La Mesa (4/9), Carlsbad (repair fair, 4/16) and Solana Center (same day as e-waste collection, 4/30)
·         Staff Reports
o   City of San Diego
o   City announced the Organics Processing Facility Project (OPF)
§  Enhancement to Greenery (RFP is in place), relocating the Greenery within the existing footprint of the Miramar Landfill
§  City calculated the additional tonnage influx due to SB 1383 requirement at 690 tons/day
§  Once OPF is complete, maximum capacity for the Greenery would be up to 250K tons/year
o   Roll out to city facilities with organics services has begun
§  All locations will get a green cart from Republic services (holders of the citywide facility contract)
§  City provided outreach with a video from the mayor:
o   City completed their 2nd monthly presentation to local waste and recycling haulers on SB 1383 info.
o   Multi-family/Commercial locations
§  I Love A Clean San Diego is coordinating, grassroots outreach within select neighborhoods to multi-family properties.
§  City continues their commercial business walks in South Bay and City Heights
·         County of San Diego
o   Three new Recycling Specialist I positions have been filled and employees have started.  These positions will focus on commercial and multi-family outreach and inspections, including SB 1383.
o   County is interested in developing outreach materials for an OOPS tag program.
o   Work continues on organics recycling-related outreach.  Staff is fielding daily calls/emails with questions from residents and businesses around recycling and organic waste.
o   The County continues to perform inspections of commercial and multi-family locations for 1383 and mandatory recycling compliance.
o   On Friday, 4/22 at 6 PM County staff will be on Facebook Live answering questions on recycling organics as well as general recycling info.  Link is pending but can be accessed from
·         City of Vista
o   Working through 1383 rollout with help from Solana Center identifying Tier I/II generators as well as capacity planning.
o   Vista is contracting with EcoHero to target elementary schools in April for various presentations.
·         Haulers
o   EDCO
§  Main contaminants in found in anaerobic digester are plastic and compostable plastic bags as well as rocks and stones (they settle to the bottom of the tanks and cannot be easily removed)
§  EDCO is looking into a sorting line located prior to the digester intake to help identify and remove contamination.
§  SB 1383
·         EDCO has a team of field reps in Lemon Grove and San Marcos reaching out to commercial businesses that they service about organics collection.
§  Residential
·         EDCO continues to message through their newsletters
§  Mulch give-back program
·         Materials from tree trimmers and other high quality woody material will be transferred to Ramona’s transfer station to be processed into mulch.
§  EDCO rep mentioned the potential for a future CAC meeting at EDCO’s Escondido facility with a tour of anaerobic digester system.
o   Republic
§  Anthony Smith announced himself as the new Municipal Administrator
§  Republic is partnering with I Love A Clean San Diego for the Creek to Bay Cleanup on 4/23 and will provide containers/carts.
·         League of Women Voters
o   Members are organizing support for the vote on People’s Ordinance at City Council meeting on 3/16
·         Zero Waste San Diego
o   No additional updates
·         Public Comments and Communication
o   No comments
·         Regional Planning Issues – No report.
·         Legislative Update
o   AB 2440, Battery and Battery-Embedded Product Recycling and Fire Risk Reduction Act of 2022 – Introduced 2/17/22, pending referral.
o   SB 1215, Battery and Battery-Embedded Product Recycling and Fire Risk Reduction Act of 2022 – Introduced 2/17/22, in EQ.
o   AB 2026, Recycling: plastic packaging and carryout bags – in Natural Resources.
o   AB 2779, Recycling: single-use plastic beverage container caps – pending referral.
o   AB 1985,  Organic waste: list: available products– Introduced 2/10/22. Current law requires the State Air Resources Board to approve and implement a comprehensive short-lived climate pollutant reduction strategy and requires CalRecycle to in consultation with the board to adopt regulations and achieve organic waste reduction goals including a requirement intended to meet the goal that not less than 20% of edible food that is currently disposed of be recovered for human consumption by 2025. This bill would require CalRecycle to compile and maintain on its internet website a list, organized by zip code, of information regarding  persons or entities that produce and have available in the state organic waste products and update the list every 6 months.
o   AB 2613, Farmers and ranchers: solid waste cleanup: grants – Introduced 2/18/22. Current law requires CalRecycle to establish a farm and ranch solid waste cleanup and abatement grant program for cleaning up and abating the effects of illegally disposed solid waste. This bill would require CalRecycle to establish a pilot project within the program, until January 1, 2028.
·         Roundtable – None.
·         Adjournment
Richard Anthony
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