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Monterey Bay Area Regional Multifamily Recycling Project

Monterey Bay Area Regional Multifamily Recycling Project. CRRA Annual Conference August 3, 2009 Mandy Caruso Brooks Ecology Action of Santa Cruz. Partnership & Innovation. Achieving community and environmental excellence through partnership & innovation since Earth Day 1970.

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Monterey Bay Area Regional Multifamily Recycling Project

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  1. Monterey Bay Area Regional Multifamily Recycling Project CRRA Annual Conference August 3, 2009 Mandy Caruso Brooks Ecology Action of Santa Cruz

  2. Partnership & Innovation Achieving community and environmental excellence through partnership & innovation since Earth Day 1970 • Nonprofit Environmental Consultancy • Cutting Edge Education Services, Technical Assistance, & Program Implementation • Proven Track Record In Pollution Prevention, Zero Waste, Energy Conservation, Transportation Alternatives, & Climate Solutions • Program Design For Financial & Operational Effectiveness

  3. Meeting Unmet Community Needs • Aggressive Regional Diversion & Zero Waste Goals • SCCPWD: 75% Diversion Target By 2010; Mandatory Recycling For Residents & Businesses • SVSWA: 75% Diversion Goal By 2015 • Limited Existing Multifamily Recycling Resources • Underserved & Difficult-To-Serve Populations • Residential Sites With Commercial Needs • Special Needs Locations & Facilities

  4. Unifying Collective Expertise • Department Of Conservation (DOC) Funding • Thorough Programming • Economies of Scale • Consistent Thematic Messaging Across Region • Unified Educational & Promotional Opportunities • Simplified Grant Administration • More Time For The Important Part- Recycling!

  5. Broad Regional Collaboration • Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority (SVSWA) • Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) • Monterey County Environmental Health Division (MCEHD) • Santa Cruz County Public Works Department (SCCPW) • Housing Authority of the County of Monterey (HACM) • Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz (HACSC) • City of Monterey • BFI of Salinas (BFI) • Waste Management (WM) • Tri-Cities Disposal (TCD) • Monterey City Disposal (MCD) • Green Waste Services (GWS) • Ecology Action (EA) 12 Cities 5 Haulers 2 Counties 2 Housing Authorities 2 JPA’s 1 Nonprofit

  6. Project Goals • Establish and/or improve comprehensive beverage container and other recyclable collection programs at 100low-income multifamily housing facilities in the Monterey Bay Area • Collect and recycle over 1 million CRV beverage containers from the waste stream

  7. Project Objectives • Provide program outreach and promotion to 100 target facilities • Conduct one initial and three follow up waste assessments • Monitor and track volume of beverage containers collected throughout term of the grant • Conduct bilingual door to door outreach and education, Kick-off Fiesta’s, Waste Reduction Workshops, and Facility Staff Trainings • Provide Incentive Awards program • Develop and distribute Manager’s Resource Kit to facility managers and partner agencies • Develop policy and/or contract language for housing lease agreements

  8. Baseline data from haulers Changes in service levels as program is implemented Pre & Post Waste Composition Studies Pre & Post Manager and Resident Implementation Surveys Performance Measures

  9. Phase 1- 40 target facilities Phase 2- 60 target facilities Phase 3- facilities from Phase 1 or 2 that require additional assistance or enclosure improvements Provide consistent, thematic bicultural education and outreach materials Provide Internal and External Infrastructure Conduct One-on-One outreach & education (Door-to-Door or Kick-off Fiesta’s) Conduct Facility Staff Training and Waste Reduction Workshops Implementation Approach

  10. Educational Materials • Door hangers • Posters • Brochures • Magnets • Labels

  11. Internal Infrastructure • Internal 32 gal bins for common areas • Internal- 2 (7gal) bins per residential unit

  12. External Infrastructure • External- 65 & 96 gal recycling carts • 1, 2, 3, & 4cy recycling dumpsters • Auto locks and igloo lids • Collection Vehicle

  13. Implemented 34 facilities Conducted Door-to-Door Outreach at 12 facilities Conducted Fiesta’s/Community Meetings at 22 facilities Distributed approx. 2,300 internal recycling bins at 1,200 units Conducted 3 Composting/Waste Reduction Workshops Estimated annual diversion: 195 tons Phase 1 Implementation

  14. Media Coverage at First Two Events Fiestas: BBQ, Distribute Internal Bins and Outreach Materials Outreach

  15. More Outreach

  16. Managers, Managers, Managers! Children, Children, Children! Lessons Learned

  17. Completed Phase 2 waste assessments Received Stop Work Notice from DOC (effective March 31, 2009) Purchased additional bins and educational materials for partners Completed Manager Resource Kit Placed all outreach materials on website Current Status

  18. Sustainability • Partners have committed to ensure long term sustainability of program • Manager’s Resource Kits • Inclusion of policy and contractual requirements in lease agreements • Mandated Recycling Ordinances

  19. Mandy Caruso Brooks mcaruso@ecoact.org (831) 426-5925 ext. 133 Contact Information www.ecoact.org Click on Zero Waste Programs Multifamily Recycling

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