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Oakland Extended Producer Responsibility Resolution

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  • Gagliardi, Mark
    FYI - the Oakland City Council s Public Works Committee just approved an Extended Producer Responsibility Resolution: Agenda Item #4:
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 23, 2007
      Oakland Extended Producer Responsibility Resolution

      FYI - the Oakland City Council's Public Works Committee just approved an Extended Producer Responsibility Resolution:

      Agenda Item #4:
      http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/meetings/2007/1/5035_A__Public_Works_Committee_07-01-23_Meeting_Agenda.html


      Adoption of the Resolution is now scheduled for consideration by the full Council at its evening meeting on Tues Feb 13.


      This resolution supports Strategy #4 of Oakland's Zero Waste Strategic Plan, adopted last month:

      Advocate for Manufacturer Responsibility for Product Waste, Ban Problem Materials

      Every year brings an increase in complex, toxic and non-recyclable products and packaging. This increase is outpacing local government's ability to safely and cost-effectively handle the associated wastes, as well as increasing Oakland's future environmental liability. Unless this cycle is corrected, not even a high-performing recycling region like ours can recycle our way to Zero Waste. Oakland needs to join regional, statewide, national, and international efforts to end the "waste subsidy" for manufacturers that is currently borne by local governments and ratepayers, and to insist that the costs and risks to manage end-of-life products and materials be the responsibility of manufacturers. Such measures can provide incentives for manufacturers to "design the waste out" so that products can be readily reused, repaired, reconditioned, or recycled. Local retailers can assist in collecting and returning selected products to manufacturers. Use or sale of problematic products can also be banned, as Oakland has recently done for expanded polystyrene food packaging and the European Union and China are doing for hazardous materials in electronic products.

        <<Oakland, CA Zero Waste Strategic Plan Adopted>>

          Mark Gagliardi
          City of Oakland Public Works Agency
          Environmental Services Division
          250 Frank Ogawa Plaza #5301
          Oakland, CA 94612-2034
          Phone/voice mail: 510-238-6262
          Fax: 510-238-7286
          e-mail: mgagliardi@...
          web site: www.oaklandpw.com
          www.zerowasteoakland.com

    • christopher@GypsySpiritMission.com
      Thank you Mark, Nancy, and Public Works Team! This will send the right message up to the State. Christopher Waters
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 23, 2007
        Thank you Mark, Nancy, and Public Works Team!  This will send the right message up to the State.

        Christopher Waters


        On Jan 23, 2007, at 2:03 PM, Gagliardi, Mark wrote:


        FYI - the Oakland City Council's Public Works Committee just approved an Extended Producer Responsibility Resolution:

        Agenda Item #4:
        http://clerkwebsvr1 .oaklandnet. com/meetings/ 2007/1/5035_ A__Public_ Works_Committee_ 07-01-23_ Meeting_Agenda. html


        Adoption of the Resolution is now scheduled for consideration by the full Council at its evening meeting on Tues Feb 13.


        This resolution supports Strategy #4 of Oakland's Zero Waste Strategic Plan, adopted last month:

        Advocate for Manufacturer Responsibility for Product Waste, Ban Problem Materials

        Every year brings an increase in complex, toxic and non-recyclable products and packaging. This increase is outpacing local government's ability to safely and cost-effectively handle the associated wastes, as well as increasing Oakland's future environmental liability. Unless this cycle is corrected, not even a high-performing recycling region like ours can recycle our way to Zero Waste. Oakland needs to join regional, statewide, national, and international efforts to end the "waste subsidy" for manufacturers that is currently borne by local governments and ratepayers, and to insist that the costs and risks to manage end-of-life products and materials be the responsibility of manufacturers. Such measures can provide incentives for manufacturers to "design the waste out" so that products can be readily reused, repaired, reconditioned, or recycled. Local retailers can assist in collecting and returning selected products to manufacturers. Use or sale of problematic products can also be banned, as Oakland has recently done for expanded polystyrene food packaging and the European Union and China are doing for hazardous materials in electronic products.

          <<Oakland, CA Zero Waste Strategic Plan Adopted>>

            Mark Gagliardi
            City of Oakland Public Works Agency
            Environmental Services Division
            250 Frank Ogawa Plaza #5301
            Oakland, CA 94612-2034
            Phone/voice mail: 510-238-6262
            Fax: 510-238-7286
            e-mail: mgagliardi@oaklandn et.com
            web site: www.oaklandpw. com
            www.zerowasteoaklan d.com



        From: "Gagliardi, Mark" <mgagliardi@...>
        Date: December 6, 2006 9:22:52 AM PST
        Subject: Oakland, CA Zero Waste Strategic Plan Adopted


        On Tues. 12-5-06 the Oakland, CA City Council unanimously adopted a Zero Waste Strategic Plan: http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/attachments/14983.pdf

        The Strategic Plan will guide Oakland's planning, decision-making, and actions toward achieving the Goal of Zero Waste by 2020, which was established in March 2006. The Plan is closely aligned with one of the major goals of Oakland's current policy budget adopted by the Mayor and City Council: Develop a Sustainable City.

               
        Development of the Strategic Plan was guided by a public participation process, which is detailed at the web site for Oakland's Zero Waste Initiative: www.zerowasteoakland.com. The City extends its great appreciation to all who participated in the adoption of Oakland's Zero Waste Goal and development of its Zero Waste Strategic Plan.


        Pursuit of Zero Waste and other sustainability goals is more a journey than a destination, and now the real work begins - implementing strategies identified in the Plan:

        ZERO WASTE STRATEGIES FOR OAKLAND

        The following five strategies comprise traditional recycling programs as well as system redesign solutions for product waste, and policy and regulatory changes. They provide the framework for Oakland's Strategic Plan to achieve Zero Waste by 2020.

        1. Expand and Improve Local and Regional Recycling and Composting
        Oakland residents recycle more each year, local private-sector recyclers with access to Pacific Rim markets via the Port of Oakland help businesses reduce waste, and construction and demolition debris recycling continues to increase. Yet large amounts of recyclable and compostable materials are landfilled each day. Maximizing waste reduction from programs that are already capitalized and in place is both efficient and cost-effective. Increasing recycling and composting will require greater engagement with the business community and general public; additional local and regional recovery facilities and services; and new initiatives and innovations.

        2. Develop and Adopt New Rules and Incentives to Reduce Waste Disposal
        Oakland's Municipal Code and garbage franchise have provided a good framework for achieving 50% waste diversion. However, meeting the City's 75% waste diversion and Zero Waste goals will require ending the current incentive for landfilling. Other cities in and beyond the Bay Area have developed systems that realign economic incentives to reward all parties for reducing waste, and end the incentive to landfill. Development and adoption of a new waste management system design in preparation for Oakland's next collection and disposal contract is key to the goal of reducing waste. Other new rules and incentives detailed in the Plan are needed to encourage and reward reuse, repair, and reduced consumption.

        3. Preserve Land for Sustainable Development and Green Industry Infrastructure
        Increased recovery of a broader variety of materials will require more businesses and more services, producing more green collar jobs for Oakland residents. Industrial land close to the Port and to transportation and other support services is urgently needed for concrete crushing, recycled asphalt production, and other activities that reuse and recycle building materials. Reuse and deconstruction businesses create more jobs than recycling and disposal, and also need space to grow. Manufacturing new products from local recycled materials could drive further green industry and workforce development, and will require appropriate industrial land. Land for Zero Waste infrastructure should be strategically allocated, just as it is for vital public infrastructure such as wastewater treatment facilities and power generation.

        4. Advocate for Manufacturer Responsibility for Product Waste, Ban Problem Materials
        Every year brings an increase in complex, toxic and non-recyclable products and packaging. This increase is outpacing local government's ability to safely and cost-effectively handle the associated wastes, as well as increasing Oakland's future environmental liability. Unless this cycle is corrected, not even a high-performing recycling region like ours can recycle our way to Zero Waste. Oakland needs to join regional, statewide, national, and international efforts to end the "waste subsidy" for manufacturers that is currently borne by local governments and ratepayers, and to insist that the costs and risks to manage end-of-life products and materials be the responsibility of manufacturers. Such measures can provide incentives for manufacturers to "design the waste out" so that products can be readily reused, repaired, reconditioned, or recycled. Local retailers can assist in collecting and returning selected products to manufacturers. Use or sale of problematic products can also be banned, as Oakland has recently done for expanded polystyrene food packaging and the European Union and China are doing for hazardous materials in electronic products.

        5. Educate, Promote and Advocate a Zero Waste Sustainability Agenda
        Efforts have been made in Oakland to educate, inform, and instruct the general public and specific targeted audiences on how and why to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Yet many do not participate, even where convenient recycling systems are in place. Meanwhile, much of the language of Zero Waste and sustainability has been focused on a policy-making audience and not the general public. There is a need for messaging and communications that speak clearly and concisely about Zero Waste and sustainability in a way that makes sense in people's daily lives, in order to move society from awareness into acceptance and action. Educating and engaging diverse audiences will require innovative developments in the message and how it is communicated, along with effective price signals and other financial incentives. It will be necessary to develop partnerships within and beyond Oakland to pursue and advocate for needed policy and behavioral changes, incentives and new rules, and to listen to questions, concerns, and ideas about the new approach.


        Environmental Hierarchy to Guide Oakland's Zero Waste Strategies, Policies, and Actions
        As detailed in the Plan, Oakland's pursuit of its Zero Waste Goal will be guided by an environmental hierarchy for 'highest and best use' of materials and pollution prevention in all phases of production, use, and disposition of products and materials. This hierarchy is derived from the core Zero Waste principle of preventing, rather than managing, waste and pollution. It recommits to the priority ordering of the waste reduction hierarchy: first reduce consumption; next, reuse products by maintaining their form and function; and finally, recycle anything that is no longer usable and landfill any residual. The hierarchy formalizes, organizes, and clearly presents how Zero Waste is a fundamentally different approach to waste reduction than the recycling programs of the past 15 years: Zero Waste tackles the root causes of wasting and broadens responsibility for the solutions to include government, producers, and consumers.


        Measuring Progress Toward Oakland's Zero Waste Goal
        Oakland's Zero Waste Goal is to cut the City's current waste disposal of 400,000 tons per year to 40,000 tons per year - a 90% reduction. This will require double the waste disposal reduction that Oakland has achieved over the past 15 years. Rather than use the state of California's "waste diversion" calculation, progress toward the Zero Waste Goal will be measured by the actual amount of annual waste landfilled, with key milestones at 5-year intervals between now and 2020.


        The City will continue to update and develop its Zero Waste Initiative website (www.zerowasteoakland.com) and your suggestions on improving its impact and usefulness are always welcome.

        Please share any thoughts and questions via the City's Zero Waste Yahoo Group at:
        ZeroWasteOakland@yahoogroups.com
        You can join by going to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ZeroWasteOakland
        And clicking on "Join This Group"


        Thank you for your continuing commitment and efforts to working toward Zero Waste Sustainability!


        Sincerely,

        Zero Waste Strategic Planning Team
        Public Works Agency/Environmental Services
        City of Oakland
        250 Frank Ogawa Plaza; Suite 5301
        Oakland, CA 94612
        Phone: (510) 238-SAVE
        Fax: (510) 238-7286
        http://www.oaklandrecycles.com
        www.zerowasteoakland.com


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