HOLTVILLE — The Holtville City Council on Jan. 27 voted unanimously to pass an ordinance complying with a state recycling law, Assembly Bill 1826.
measure seeks to recycle 75 percent of recyclable solid waste and organic waste,
including food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous
wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste. It will be done in a three- phase
program requiring increasingly stringent regulations.
was passed in 2014 and implemented in the spring of 2016. Beginning Jan. 1,
2019, businesses, hospitals, schools, restaurants, stores, nonprofits and
multifamily buildings were required to recycle organic waste if they generated
four cubic yards or more of solid waste per week.
will help the city meet state compliance, explained City Manager Nick Wells. In
order to achieve the 75 percent goal Holtville contracted with CR&R
Environmental Services to establish regular organic-waste recycling pickup from
the required entities.
1826’s original limitations no Holtville business produced enough organic waste
to fall under the restrictions, noted Wells. But as the threshold ratcheted
down, more entities qualified and still more will qualify as the threshold
continues to drop.
and January, initial hearings were held at city hall with no public input
offered. So the ordinance will now be implemented in 30 days, Feb. 27, Wells
are some exemptions. For commercial solid-waste customers, multi-family
dwellings and those in charge of special events, etc., if they can document for
the city manager’s office they generate no solid organic waste on site, they
are exempt. They are also exempt if they lack adequate space on site for waste
containers and if it is infeasible for a solid-waste customer to share
containers with an adjacent commercial or multifamily dwelling.
that desires an exemption must submit a written request with the city manager’s
office documenting the circumstance justifying the request. City staff may
visit any potential exempt site.
exemption can be denied if the above requirements are not met. Also, a city
resolution may impose an administrative fee on petitioning entities to cover
the cost of such petitions. The city can require an entity granted an exemption
to seek renewal every two years.
customers must also subscribe to a collection service or commit to self-hauling
waste to a service that accepts recyclable materials. They must ensure their
recyclable materials do not contain an unacceptable level of contamination.
collection sites must keep enough containers to segregate all types of organics
and recyclables. All containers must be labeled with the name of acceptable
materials for each bin. Training materials must be distributed to all employees
and a copy must be provided to the city upon request. Commercial collection
sites could be fined for excessive levels of contamination. The same applies to
those responsible for special events.
Inspections and Fines
manager’s staff can inspect any commercial collection service or self-hauler to
ensure compliance. The city may also inspect any collection container of recyclable
or organic waste, or inspect the premises of any residence, commercial
business, multifamily dwelling or special events site to ensure compliance.
can administer fines for violating any of the above provisions. A violation
notice will be issued to any waste collector, waste customer, business or
special-event producer for a violation when notice is served for public
nuisance proceedings or enforcement proceedings under the city’s code.
landfills take in 30 million tons of waste each year of which more than 30
percent is estimated to be organic. The state has determined these organics
should be composted or used to produce renewable energy instead of going into
The state has identified decomposing organic waste as producing much of the greenhouse gas emissions in the air and contributing to climate change. Once the 2019 annual report is submitted on Aug. 1, 2020, CalRecycle will conduct a review of all state jurisdictions.