Mark McGee of MG Disposal and Dave Ault of Taormina Industries were present to discuss the city's AB 939 Annual Report as submitted to the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB). Mr. Ault briefly gave an overview of the requirements for and the process of disposal reporting through the CIWMB. Mr. Ault was happy to report that the city's current diversion rate is 57%, which is above the 50% requirement of AB 939.
Committee members questioned the future of residential collection and inquired about the possibility of implementing the automated barrel system like surrounding cities. Mr. Ault indicated the committee could pursue that possibility and other program activities if they so desired. Associate Planner Viado indicated new programs may require revision to the Source Reduction and Recycling Element (SRRE) and the committee might wish to place this issue on the agenda of a future meeting.
At the request of the committee, Street Superintendent Viramontes reported the efforts of the Maintenance Service Department's Street Division. Mr. Viramontes indicated there is a regular maintenance schedule for the re-painting of the "No Dumping, Drains to the Ocean" curbside markings at storm drain inlets in the City. He also indicated the city is pursuing the possibility of replacing the signs with a more durable curb marker that is being used by other jurisdictions in the county.
Mr. Viramontes also provided details of the street division's sweeping program, including the fact that 280 miles of city streets are swept by his crews on a weekly basis. There were additional questions from the committee on storm drain and street maintenance procedures, to which Mr. Viramontes provided answers.
Due to time constraints and the need for additional information, Associate Planner Viado recommended continuing discussion on Storm Water Pollution Prevention to a future meeting. Committee members concurred with the recommendations.
Committee member McNelly informed the committee that the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) is working on a Draft Waste Discharge NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit for sanitary sewers. These requirements are currently in draft form and pending approval at the Regional Board's December 7th meeting. Following approval, each city will be required to have both the Sewer NPDES Permit and Storm Water NPDES Permit. The sanitation district will be sponsoring an Outreach Program to inform cities of the new requirements. Mr. McNelly suggested a representative from the Sanitation District or RWQCB be invited to a future meeting to speak further on this topic.
Associate Planner Viado invited those who attended the Trash Bash event to share some of the evening's highlights. Committee member McNelly mentioned that the Fullerton Arboretum's home composting program was presented with an award for the 'Most Improved Program'.
Committee member McNelly mentioned that he will be teaching a Vermicomposting class at the Fullerton Arboretum on Saturday October 27th, and invited those interested to attend the class.
Committee member Hoover asked Chairman Hardwick about the City Council meeting regarding Contaminated Water and the Visitors from Huntington Beach. Chairman Hardwick had no comment.
Committee member Murphy asked to be excused from the next meeting considering it is scheduled for the day before Thanksgiving. The committee suggested canceling the meeting due to the Holiday. Associate Planner Viado indicated if no pressing items were on the agenda for November, the meeting could be cancelled.