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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 19

Meeting Date: August 22, 2000

Subject/Title: Amend Master Fee Resolution 98-195 to Add a Disposal Rate of $28 Per Ton for Yard Waste, Wood Waste and Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste to Encourage Recycling Efforts

Submitted by: Thom Head, Jon Carlson-Public Works Department

Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION 
Amend the Master Fee Resolution No. 98-195 to add a disposal rate of $28 per ton for yard waste, wood waste and construction/demolition waste to help encourage the generator’s of these types of solid waste to contract with the City rather than someone who may or may not bring these types of waste to a recycling facility.

PREVIOUS ACTION
Original solid waste disposal rates were set in 1994 and no changes have been recommended or approved since. The disposal rate was set at $50 per ton because at the start up of the enterprise most collection debris boxes were sent directly to the landfill as municipal solid waste. This was before the State imposed solid waste landfill diversion mandates.

BACKGROUND
State requirements represented by AB939 impose upon all public agencies, goals to divert more material from landfills. In addition to residential recycling, one way to accomplish this goal is for the City Solid Waste Services to encourage disposal of construction/demolition debris originating from within the City to be handled by the City. If the construction debris is under the City’s control and subject to its management, including where the material ultimately ends up, the City can better meet its diversion goals set by the State. By adopting a cheaper disposal rate for recyclable items such as yard waste, wood waste, concrete and asphalt, the city’s goal to comply with AB939 mandate can more easily be met.

The City of Brentwood’s AB939 landfill diversion numbers have been in the mid 40% range for the last several years, more than adequate to meet the 1995 requirement of 25% disposal reduction. However, the year 2000 requires a 50% reduction. In order to meet that goal, the City must take more aggressive and additional steps to divert materials that we currently do not handle. The largest volume of these types of wastes is the construction and demolition material that is being generated at the myriad of construction projects where contractors have the right to contract its disposal with whomever they choose.

In order to encourage recycling for all debris box customers, and to encourage the use of City services, to gain control of the flow of materials, and to ensure that the debris goes to a recycling facility, staff recommends that the City adopt a more competitive rate as an enticement to recycle for these types of waste.

Because our current cost to dispose of these materials is less than the cost to dispose of refuse, the City can offer this reduced rate and still cover its costs to provide the service. The $50 per ton rate currently established was set back in 1994, before we had the various recycling options now available to us.

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AMENDING MASTER FEE RESOLUTION 98-195 TO ADD A DISPOSAL RATE OF $28 PER TON FOR YARD WASTE AND CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION (C&D) WASTE TO ENCOURAGE RECYCLING EFFORTS 

WHEREAS, the State of California adopted AB 939, that imposed upon all public agencies a goal to divert solid waste form landfills, and

WHEREAS, California cities are required to divert 50% of materials to recycling during the year 2000, and 

WHEREAS, construction and demolition and other materials diversion represent an opportunity for the City of Brentwood to meet this goal, and 

WHEREAS, a more competitive disposal rate will encourage the use of City services.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood amend the Master Fee Resolution No. 98-195 to add a disposal rate of $28 per ton for yard waste, wood waste and construction/demolition waste to help encourage the generator’s of these types of solid waste to contract with the City.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the August 22, 2000 by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers
NOES: 
ABSENT: 

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