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Robert Gedert Former Chief of Operations City of Fresno. Going beyond the 50% Diversion Goal. SOLID WASTE Management Division. 6 th Largest City in California 490,000 Population 106,000 Single Family Homes 2,400 Apartment Complexes 4,600 Businesses.

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solid waste management division
Robert Gedert

Former

Chief of Operations

City of Fresno

Going beyond the 50% Diversion Goal

SOLID WASTEManagement Division
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6th Largest City in California

490,000 Population

106,000 Single Family Homes

2,400 Apartment Complexes

4,600 Businesses

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“The Integrated Waste Management Act” into law establishing the requirement that each city and county must develop a diversion plan, that was to include an implementation schedule showing:

25% diversion by January 1, 1995

50% diversion by January 1, 2000

through source reduction, recycling, and composting activities.”

SOLID WASTEManagement Division

AB 939 (1989)

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City of Fresno response to AB 939

  • Three-cart residential program (2000)

Blue for Recycling, Green for Greenwaste

  • Public Education(2000)

Newspaper, TV ads, radio ads, brochures

  • School Education (2000)

Classroom presentations

Tours of facilities

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City of Fresno response to AB 939

  • Commercial recycling(2003)

Businesses, offices, retail centers,

Multi-Family complexes

  • Construction and Demolition Ord. (2005)

Mandatory recycling of construction wastes

  • Mandatory Recycling Ord. (2005)

for commercial businesses

  • College Recycling Programs (2006)

Fresno State, Fresno City College, Fresno Pacific

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We Recycle:

ALL Plastics

ALL Paper

ALL Metals

ALL Wood (unfinished)

ALL Beverage & Food Cans

ALL Glass Containers

Used Motor Oil and Filters

City of Fresno Recycling Program

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Media / Advertising Barriers

Instructional – Not Effective

“Cute” ads – Slightly Effective

Value oriented – Very Effective

Lessons Learned

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School Education Barriers

Teacher time – Must match state-

mandated curriculum needs

Visuals – Must be visually engaging

Child attention – Kids must be

involved & hands-on

Lessons Learned

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Apartment Complex Recycling Barriers

Physical location of bins vs. parking

Develop Recycling “corrals”

Tenant Education – transient

Tenant meetings / info drops

Lessons Learned

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Apartment Complex Recycling Barriers

Facility Manager negativity

Encourage Manager to be the Green Team leader

Owner disinterest

“buy in” through reduced fees

Lessons Learned

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Business Recycling Barriers

Interior collection needs

Business “priorities”

Staff training & turnover

Lessons Learned

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Business Recycling Barriers

Waste Audit in person

– every site is different

– every business has different needs

- different recycling proposal

Assist Business in establishing a

permanent “Green Team”

Lessons Learned

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College Intern Program

Fresno State Intern Program

Higher motivated and energetic

Work around school schedules

Provide extensive training –

invest time in your staff

Incentive sales program

Marketing Recycling

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Curbside Recycling

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Buyback Centers

Green Waste

Fresno Waste Diversion Study

Grasscycling

Trash - Disposal

Material

Handlers

Reduction

Business Recycling

Business

Composting

Biomass 5%

C&D

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SOLID WASTEManagement Division

Fresno Waste Diversion

Study

Residential Diversion

  • Curbside Recycling

40,506 tons

  • Curbside Green Waste 54,437 tons
  • Buyback Centers

12,805 tons

Total Residential = 107,748 tons

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Fresno Waste Diversion Study

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Business/Commercial Diversion

  • Apartment Recycling 73,917 tons
  • Business Recycling 110,875 tons
  • Business/Apt Composting 94,470 tons

Total Commercial = 279,262 tons

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SOLID WASTEManagement Division

Fresno Waste Diversion Study

Other Waste Diversion

  • City Parks – Grass-cycling 8,041 tons
  • Scrap Metal-City 3,914 tons
  • Construction recycling 226,611 tons

Total Other Diversion = 238,692 tons

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Fresno Waste Diversion Study

Overall Totals

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  • Residential Diversion 107,748 tons
  • Commercial Diversion 279,262 tons
  • Other Diversion 238,692 tons
  • Biomass to Energy 54,489 tons

Total Diversion = 62% of Total Waste Stream

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SOLID WASTEManagement Division

Fresno City Council

Zero Waste Resolution

June 26, 2007

  • Requires 75% Diversion by 2012
  • Zero Waste 90% Diversion by 2025
  • Adopted by Unanimous Vote
  • Next Step: Zero Waste Action Plan
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SOLID WASTEManagement Division

Fresno City Council

Producer Responsibility Resolution

June 26, 2007

  • Adopted by Unanimous Vote
  • Producers need to reduce toxic content
  • Cradle to Cradle Responsibility
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Future Diversion Activities

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  • City Environmental Purchasing Policy (2008)
  • Embrace Zero Waste Philosophy (2008)
  • Household Hazardous Waste Facility (2009)
  • Reuse Facility (2009)
  • Commercial Food Waste Recycling (2010)
  • Residential Food Waste Recycling (2011)
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Proposed Diversion Activities

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  • Expanded Commercial Office Recycling 90% overall diversion by 2012
  • Expanded Construction/Demolition Recycling 90% overall diversion by 2015
  • Two-can Household System (2018?):
      • Green for organics (50%),
      • Blue for recycling (40%),
      • Residual contamination (10%)
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Zero Waste

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A Visionary Goal that Strives for:

  • 90%+ Diversion of Business Waste (2012)
  • 90%+ Diversion of C&D Waste (2015)
  • 90%+ Diversion of Household Waste (2018)
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Zero Waste

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A Visionary Goal that Strives for:

  • Source Reduction at Production Facilities (2008-2020)
  • Green Business Pairings (2010-2020)
  • Green Business Park with 100% Diversion (2015-2025)
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Strategy 14

Position Fresno as a regional center for Green Enterprises.

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Strategy 17

Achieve 75% Diversion to Landfills by 2012 and Zero Waste to landfills by 2025.

Strategy 20

Develop and implement

Environmentally Responsible

Policies and Practices by 2009.

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For more information:

Eddie Castaneda

Recycling Coordinator

621-1882

“Any waste as an output from a business is an operational inefficiency.”

Buckminster Fuller

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