The Facilities & Operations department manages programs to fulfill it's mission of providing "the best environment possible for the promotion of positive student learning outcomes" within all district operations. The following is a listing and description of current programs.
The recycling program at College of the Siskiyous addresses the need to divert materials away from the solid waste stream and our natural environment. This program is mandated by state law (under AB-75 and SB-1016) and is also informed by state and federal environmental law and the district's vision statement, by which the College of the Siskiyous is committed to the three R's of Recycling: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Specific elements of our program include processes for the recycling of:
AB-75: AB 75 is the bill that indicates our recycling mandates: As identified in statute (Public Resource Code Section 42926 et seq.), each State agency and large State facility must submit an annual report to the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) by September 1, summarizing the agency’s achievement of 50 percent diversion of solid waste from disposal during the previous calendar year. Any agencies that have not reported by the September 1, 2009, due date will be immediately referred to the CIWMB’s Jurisdiction Compliance and Audits Section to begin the compliance oversight process.
SB-1016: On September 29, 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law Senate Bill 1016 - the Disposal Measurement System Act of 2008 (SB 1016, Wiggins, Chapter 343, Statutes of 2008)
Key elements of the new law include:
- Moving from the previous emphasis on a diversion measurement number to using a disposal measurement number as one factor when evaluating program implementation.
- Retaining the 50% diversion requirement, but instead measuring it in terms of per-capita disposal, which is relatively easy to do. For most agencies, the per capita disposal rate will be based on the number of employees. However, there is flexibility in the law for the CIWMB to approve alternate factors on a case by case basis if they are more representative.
- Allowing the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) to consider the quality and effectiveness of an agency’s programs, in addition to per capita disposal, when determining if an agency has met the 50% goal.
- Agencies will no longer be required to report diversion tonnages or conduct an annual generation study in order to complete their annual report to the CIWMB. They can instead devote their time and resources into implementing recycling and other diversion programs. (Note: Some agencies may need to track program specific diversion tonnages for other purposes.)
- Agencies will need to continue to track and report their total disposal.
- Agencies will still need to report information about the programs they are implementing, but will no longer have to report the tons of waste diverted as a result of each program.
- The CIWMB will be able to place more emphasis on evaluating how agencies are doing in implementing the recycling and diversion programs that they chose.
The CIWMB is committed to providing information and support to agencies as they work to implement the provisions of the new law. Below are some key dates, details, and information.
State Organization and Agency Recycling Database (SOARD) Annual Reporting:
Agencies will continue annual reporting; although, a CIWMB policy change has moved the agency compliance review process to a biennial cycle. Biennial reviews will begin in 2009 for review of the 2007 and 2008 program years. Reporting will continue to be electronic through the SOARD system.
- SOARD Annual Reports will also be released in July with a September 1st due date.
The CIWMB web page is www.ciwmb.ca.gov/LGCentral/GoalMeasure/Default.htm is available to help State agencies and other stakeholders find information and answer questions related to the new law. This web page will have a fact sheet, frequently asked questions and answers, links to the law, and other valuable information. Information will be posted as it is developed. Existing web pages are also being updated to reflect the new law. If you have questions, please contact your CIWMB Local Assistance and Market Development Division representative. A LAMD contact list is available at http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/ola/Contacts.asp or you may call (916) 341-6199.
Many thanks to the COS Foundation for awarding the recycling program a grant for fall 2008. We were able to purchase deskside containers and large collection cans for the buildings for our paper collections.
POC: Lori Luddon
COS Print Shop
Storage within the district has always been a precious commodity. Experience in recent years has clearly demonstrated the need for the necessity to manage not only what space is used for storage, but by whom.