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Nothing in statute or the proposed regulation relieves a jurisdiction of its obligations once it exceeds a certain level of diversion. The jurisdiction is still required to implement a program that includes education, outreach, and monitoring, and report on the efforts in each of those areas in its Electronic Annual Report in addition to reporting on other AB 939 programs.
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Although they are not required to do so, jurisdictions may provide diverted tonnages in the Electronic Annual Report, if available. Jurisdictions will report in the Electronic Annual Report on how they are implementing education, outreach, and monitoring activities. The reported information should include:
More information about what information jurisdictions should provide in the Electronic Annual Report will be provided later in 2012/early 2013 prior to the release of the 2012 report cycle. Jurisdictions may also implement additional requirements on businesses for reporting purposes. Additionally, CalRecycle will be measuring if the state as a whole is meeting the goal of reducing approximately 2 to 3 million tons of solid waste from the commercial waste stream by conducting statewide waste characterization studies in 2014 and 2019.
Jurisdictions will be required to report in the Electronic Annual Report starting with the 2012 report (due August 2013) on how they are implementing education, outreach, and monitoring activities.
For the 2012 Electronic Annual Report, jurisdictions will only be reporting on what they have done with regards to education, outreach, and monitoring in the last six months of 2012. The 2012 Electronic Annual Report will be reviewed, but will not be part of the next Jurisdiction Review cycle commencing in late 2012, which will cover annual reports from years 2007 through 2011.
If multifamily complexes, such as condominiums, town-homes, and mobile homes, including subdivisions operated under homeowners associations, are considered residential properties by the jurisdiction (e.g., they are on the curbside recycling collection route), then they would not be subject to the regulation as they are already provided recycling service as a part of the residential program.
The jurisdiction would report this information on its AB 939 residential recycling program in the Electronic Annual Report.
The regulation requires that jurisdictions report in the Electronic Annual Report on how they are implementing education, outreach, and monitoring. Guidance will be provided to jurisdictions prior to submittal of the 2012 Electronic Annual Report. The proposed reporting is not intended to be significantly time-consuming. To further illustrate, the following is an example of what could be reported to CalRecycle in the Electronic Annual Report regarding a jurisdiction’s efforts to provide education, outreach, and monitoring to the multi-family sector:
Annual outreach is provided to all multi-family units via a letter or bill insert or a site visit by a representative for the hauler. The hauler confirms that all multi-family units of five or more units have subscribed to recycling services, or, the hauler confirms X number are subscribing to recycling services and that Y number are not subscribing to recycling services. In addition, a representative for the hauler met with the on-site manager of all complexes not subscribing to recycling services to inform them of the requirement.