Rural Counties' Environmental Services Joint Powers Authority

 A Rural Cooperative Recycling Tool Kit [PDF | Word]

  Appendix A - Waste Profiles

  Appendix B - PARIS Notes

  Appendix C - Innovators Forum

Appendix D - Recycle Store

Appendix E - RMDZ Application & Info

Appendix F - Waste Reduction Program

Appendix G - Procurement Solutions

Appendix H - Sample Regional Agreements

Appendix I - Glossary





  A Rural Cooperative Recycling Tool Kit

Regional Purchasing, Recovery, Processing & Market Development

Rural jurisdictions face unique challenges in the development and implementation of solid waste diversion efforts. The passage of the Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939) increased these challenges by requiring jurisdictions to develop and implement programs to divert fifty percent of their wastes by the year 2000. Some of the challenges facing rural jurisdictions include: distance between generators and markets, seasonal fluctuations, lack of staff and funding, limited economy of scale, high collection costs because of dispersed populations, low tax base for funding programs, and the potential for improper disposal of wastes on large tracts of public land and along roadsides in remote regions.

This Rural Cooperative Recycling Tool Kit provides rural jurisdictions with an evaluation process for the development and implementation of rural cooperative recycling solid waste diversion programs. Cooperative recycling between jurisdictions may provide a means of overcoming many of the barriers to cost effective diversion programs in rural areas. There are many ranges of cooperation that can be used. This Tool Kit provides a methodology for rural jurisdictions to evaluate the current solid waste infrastructure in order to identify potential discarded materials that are candidates for diversion. Potential activities and resources are presented that can assist in developing programs and markets for these discarded materials.

Many of the concepts presented in this Tool Kit are based upon the joint efforts of Del Norte and Humboldt Counties in development and implementation of their “Regional Purchasing, Recovery, Processing, and Market Development Plan”. The Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority contracted with the Rural Counties' Environmental Services Joint Powers Authority (ESJPA) to develop this Tool Kit for the benefit of its twenty-one member counties and other rural California jurisdictions. Both of these documents were funded by the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

Click on the links to view and download the Tool Kit and the appendices. All downloads are available in Adobe Acrobat. The Tool Kit is also available in Microsoft Word format.
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