One of the Committee's responsibilities is to advise/monitor the City's progress toward maintaining a 50% solid waste diversion rate, as required under AB 939. Through a revision of the base year tonnage, and continued implementation of the 'mixed waste processing' program, the City has achieved a 57% diversion rate. Diversion reports submitted to the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) for the year 2000 indicated that the City of Fullerton ranked 7th out of 31 Orange County cities. The Committee recommended approval of the 'Spring Cleaning Voucher' program to the City Council, which provided residents with a discount coupon to use the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where recyclable items could be effectively recovered, instead of taking items directly to the County landfill. The Committee also continued to support the efforts of the Fullerton Arboretum Home Composting Workshop program, which won its second consecutive award at the Annual Orange County Discovery Museum "Trash Bash" event. The Committee continues to discuss additional recycling and waste diversion programs, and will recommend implementation of those programs they believe beneficial to the City's waste diversion efforts.
Issues regarding the State energy crisis, including consumption and conservation of electricity, became a major concern of the Committee. Guest speakers from Southern California Edison and City Maintenance Services Department Staff provided the Committee with helpful information so that proper recommendations could be made for action by the City Council if needed.
The Committee continued to support the City's Used Oil Collection Program by through ongoing review and approval of advertising materials associated with the Used Oil Program campaign, which encourages utilization of Certified Collection Centers within the City.
A major Committee responsibility is to monitor the City's water production and usage, and to review applicable legislation regarding water quality and emergency water management. City Staff were invited to give informational presentations to the Committee on various water-related issues.
The Committee is also monitoring Storm Water Pollution/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) issues. Presentations were given by City Staff to inform the Committee on what is being done to address the problems. The Committee continued to follow this issue closely, and will make necessary recommendations after further research and information has been gathered and presented.
The Committee continued to support the use of California Department of Conservation grant funds for Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction activities to promote the Fullerton School District public recycling bin program. The Committee has been involved with monitoring the progress of this program and will continue to explore and make appropriate recommendations on the use of future grant funds as they are awarded to the City.