2010 Accomplishments Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board February 23, 2011 SWMCB Operations Regional Policy Collaborative Activities Communications and Outreach Special Projects Administration Regional Policy: A Year of Transition and Opportunity • Initiated Regional Analysis project to assess system changes • Researched Regional Governance options through the “Summary Research of Regional Solid Waste Management Governance Systems” report • Participated in the development of the draft MPCA Solid Waste Policy Plan • Advocated for legislation to advance environmental outcomes • Engaged private sector and national experts in policy discussions and forums • Concluded 12 year funding agreement with the MPCA and initiated discussions on the future opportunities and priorities for the SWMCB Regional Policy: Legislative/Advocacy • Advocated for product stewardship framework • Worked with Agency to further streamline SCORE reporting • Worked with Agency to encourage the development of source separated organic composting rules • Sponsored the Day at the Capitol event in cooperation with AMC, MRRA and SWAA Regional Policy: Product Stewardship • Focused work on advocacy and education and communication • Prepared on-line tool kit • 3 fact sheets • Presentation • Template resolution for local units of government • Advocated for a product stewardship framework at the legislature and in the MPCA Solid Waste Policy Plan Regional Policy: Source Separated Organics Management • In cooperation with RAM and, SWMCB hosted an organics management forum – National and international experts shared information with public and private sector staff on how programs could be implemented in the region. • Promoted use of compostable bags Regional Policy: Data Management Created 2009 Annual Results Report on findings related to the management of 3.1 million tons of MSW in the SWMCB region in 2009. 1,600,000 1,400,000 1,200,000 1,000,000 800,000 600,000 400,000 200,000 0 Recycled (with credits) Delivered for Processing Landfilled ( 32%) ( 23%) ( 52%) 2005 Tons 2006 Tons 2007 Tons 2008 Tons 2009 Tons Collaborative Activities Collaborative Activities Household Hazardous Waste Household and Hazardous Waste • Implemented Reciprocal Use Agreement for HHW • Coordinated programs to achieve consistency in programs and promotions Hauler Licensing • Continued the Regional Hauler Licensing Program – Issued 234 base licenses and 546 operating licenses • Licensed 1,669 trucks GreenGatherings • Transitioned GreenGatherings content onto RethinkRecycling.com • Convened GreenGatherings Advisory Committee to guide program development Communications and Outreach: Community POWER • 13 SWMCB and County funded grants to nonprofit organizations to work on waste and toxicity reduction. Communications and Outreach: RethinkRecycling.com • RethinkRecycling.com had nearly 170,000 visits in 2010 (slight increase from 2009). • Residential section of website was completely updated in 2010 to include new content and an updated layout • Social Media: – Nearly 500 Facebook page views daily – Nearly 250 followers on Twitter Communications and Outreach: Partnering Social Media Forum • Hosted a forum on social media for over 75 project partners. Coordination with Partners • Distributed bi-monthly e-newsletter to over 500 partners on RethinkRecycling resources available for use • Partners including counties, cities and Community POWER grantees generated an additional 2.9 million consumer impressions through their use of RethinkRecycling campaign materials. Communications and Outreach: Household Hazardous Waste Tool Kit • Created new tool kit for partners on Household Hazardous Waste • Tool Kit includes: – Images – Templates • Advertisements • Utility Bill Insert/Handout – Articles – Social Media Tools • Facebook and Twitter posts Communications and Outreach: Advertising • Three Advertising Campaigns: – Compostable Bags – General Awareness for RethinkRecycling.com – Household Hazardous Waste • Using TV and Web • 4.5 Million Consumer Impressions from advertising efforts in 2010! Communications and Outreach: Public Relations • Continued to use the “Trigger” strategy, focusing on timely topics and news items to increase media coverage of RethinkRecycling.com. • 12 triggers in 2010: Green New Year’s Resolutions – Family Indoor Activities – Compostable bags – Earth Day – Composting – Kids Outdoor Activities – Recycling Away from Home – Back to School – Moving – Automotive – CFLs – E-Waste and Gadgets • Over 15.8 million consumer impressions from public relations efforts in 2010! Communications and Outreach: Events and Outreach • Clearinghouse Resources – Provided banners, recycling showand-tell kits, button making activities, and a recycling quiz wheel to nearly 40 partners for community events • Minnesota State Fair Partnered with MPCA to staff Lost Treasure of Trash Mountain exhibit The Eco-Experience Building outreached to over 300,000 visitors. Distributed over 12,000 pieces of informational literature on recycling, composting, and HHW management SpecialProjects Projects Special • • • HAZWOPER (hazardous waste operator training) Held annual recertification training for hazardous waste staff. Very Small Quantity Generator Data Base Electronically tracked hazardous waste manifest data for counties. Community POWER 6 county-funded grants in 2010. Administration Administration • Entered into 31 contracts and Community POWER Grant Agreements. • Dakota County continued to manage the SWMCB’s finances. • Ramsey County provided legal services. • Updated SWMCB.org with board documents, technical reports and toolkit pieces. • Prepared Base 2011 Work Plan and Budget using county dollars. • Submitted two grant applications for MPCA funding (awaiting MPCA decisions). 2010 SWMCB Members 2008 SWMCB Board Members Chair: Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt, Ramsey County Vice Chair: Commissioner Joseph Harris, Dakota County Secretary/Treasurer: Commissioner Jan Callison, Hennepin County Commissioner Jim Kordiak, Anoka County Commissioner Dick Lang, Anoka County Commissioner Jim Ische, Carver County Commissioner Tom Workman, Carver County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord, Dakota County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County Commissioner Janice Rettman, Ramsey County Commissioner Gary Kriesel, Washington County Commissioner Lisa Weik, Washington County Tim Scherkenbach, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 2010 County Accomplishments Anoka County • Conducted site visits with 5 school districts and 3 private/parochial schools through the Anoka County recycling assistance program for schools – Developed cooperative and collaborative relationships with the schools. – Many opportunities to increase recycling were identified during the site visits. • Provided recycling bins through a grant to allow schools to recycle more. – Schools received 1,765 deskside recycling bins and 73 bottle-shaped recycling bins through the grant. • Assisted in placement of the new school recycling bins for convenience. – Signs and labels were developed and placed so that the user would know what to do at the point where a decision is made – recycle or not. • Provided recycling assistance to 2 high school stadium events. – One school event reduced its quantity of garbage by 30% simply by recycling beverage containers and cardboard. Anoka County (cont.) • Coordinated and participated in a school waste audit to determine the potential to increase school recycling and implement a food-tohogs program. – Data indicated that 84% of the waste generated at the school could be diverted. – Of the materials that could be diverted, 54% is food waste, 18% is non-recyclable paper, and 28% is recyclable materials. • Provided all state SCORE money to municipalities, enabling them to hold 35 event collections at which electronics, appliances, tires and mattresses were collected for recycling. – Diverted over 510 tons of material for proper management and recycling in the first half of 2010. This total includes 119 tons of electronics, 190 tons of appliances, 112 tons of used oil and 41 tons of tires. • Held the 307th meeting of the Solid Waste Abatement Advisory Team. – 2010 activities included 5 presentations, 2 tours of facilities, an event devoted to recognition of municipal recycling achievements, and roundtable discussions on event recycling and future county assistance. • Worked to make the recycling program at county buildings and parks convenient, consistent and clear. Anoka County (cont.) • Audited parks and facilities that are county owned and operated to ensure that there are sufficient recycling containers and that they are placed next to garbage cans. • Rebranded the county recycling program. – Nonstandard containers were removed and replaced with new, standardized containers with new labels. The new labels have pictures that show which materials should be placed in each container. • Worked with two Community POWER grantees to provide waste and toxicity reduction messages to residents less likely to be reached through usual outreach methods. – In the fall, 1,059 adults and children received information on how to reduce the amount of waste they generate and how to reduce toxicity in their homes. • Increased participation at the household hazardous waste facility by 6% during the first 11 months of 2010 compared to the same period in the previous year. • Continued working with Great River Energy and Anoka county haulers to deliver 136,121 tons of county waste to the Elk River Resource Processing Plant for generating renewable energy. Carver County • Received MPCA Compost Organics Demonstration to continue Carver County’s successful and nationally recognized organics project. – A key activity of the grant is to develop a composting site in partnership with a private company [SET] and the University of MN Landscape Arboretum. • Received MPCA grant to transform Minnetonka Middle School West into a waste free school by eliminating disposal products in cafeteria. • Applied for and received an MPCA funded Green Corp staff person to assist in event recycling, solid waste education, and promoting the organics composting program. • Expanded Hazardous Waste Generator licensing and inspections to all healthcare sectors. – Also continued to license other new generators. Carver County (cont.) • Worked with Adult Training and Habilitation Center to permit, design and site the ECO-SITE in Watertown. – Grand opening December 8th, 2010. – Site provides expanded recycling, reuse, education, and special waste management opportunities for residents in western Carver County. • Expanded in-house organics and recycling program to Justice Center, Jail, ENCORE Center, and Public Works buildings. – Program will save the County $3,000 annually in disposal fees. • Set another attendance record at the Environmental Center with over 25,000 visits to the facility – at least a 10 percent increase from 2009. – The Environmental Center has set new records for attendance for the past 5 years. Carver County (cont.) • Continued to provide low cost electronics recycling for residents at the Environmental Center and Special Waste event collections by offsetting recycling costs with sale of recycling credits and a small fee [$5] for TV’s and computer monitors only. All other electronics are accepted free. • Held 3 Household Hazardous Waste and Special Waste Collections in western Carver County. • Continued to operate 4 recycling drop-off sites in western Carver County to provide recycling opportunities for rural and small city residents. • Co chaired the Midwest Product Stewardship Council [MPSC]. – SWMCB is an official member of this group of Midwestern states working regionally to network and promote Product Stewardship. Dakota County • Increased residential participation at the County’s HHW facility by 45% over 2009 levels. – Increase was largely due to the 1.5 million pounds of electronics received from residents during 2010, for no fee, making up approximately 50% of the total HHW managed by the County. • Managed the 2010 Burnsville one-day household hazardous waste collection, which is believed to be the largest collection of its type ever held in the State of Minnesota. – Resulted in the proper recycling or disposal of approximately 200,000 pounds of electronics, 60,000 pounds of paint, and 4,000 fluorescent bulbs. • Collected and properly recycled or disposed of over 2.9 million pounds of household hazardous waste, an increase of approximately 10% over 2009 levels. Dakota County (cont.) • Inspected approximately 600 solid and hazardous waste generators and facilities, with priority based upon risk of noncompliance and potential harm to the environment. – As a result, approximately 160 compliance actions were taken, averting many potential negative environmental, public health, and safety problems associated with improper waste management. • Completed the “Summary Research of Regional Solid Waste Management Governance Systems” study, which researched other regional solid waste governance structures, to identify management tools and other information that could be of interest to the SWMCB, as it explores options for change. • Implemented four Community POWER projects (Dakota County Technical College, Garlough Elementary Magnet School, Hastings Middle School, and Rosemount United Methodist Church), reaching more than 46,000 students, staff, and residents, and instigating local organizational changes that support County goals for waste reduction, recycling, and toxicity reduction. Hennepin County • Partnered with 8 Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programs and 9 congregations to promote waste and toxicity reduction activities – Resulted in 1,600 residents and 2,300 families taking action. – Launched a new environmental education toolkit for community groups. • Staffed over 44 community events, providing education to over 1,500 attendees. • Conducted 840 hazardous waste generator and hazardous waste facility inspections in 2010. – 14 were inspections of Large Quantity Generators which were recognized by the USEPA under the joint powers agreement between Hennepin County, the MPCA and the USEPA. Hennepin County (cont.) • Reached out to sectors of the health care industry to ensure proper management of pharmaceutical wastes. – Compliance efforts for an additional 410 generators were addressed through a self-audit process. • Conducted 187 underground storage tank system inspections in 2010 under a separate joint powers agreement with the MPCA. • Provided 700 hours of manifest data entry services to SWMCB for the VSQG Manifest database. • Collaborated with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and US Drug Enforcement Agency to hold the first medicine collection event in Hennepin County. – Over 700 people participated in this event and over 1,700 pounds of medicine was collected. • Served over 115,000 customers at 2 permanent drop-off facilities for recycling and household hazardous waste disposal. Hennepin County (cont.) • Held 4 three-day HHW events and 7 one-day HHW events throughout the county. – Over 6,800 people participated in these event collections and 640,000 pound of materials was collected. • Partnered with Covanta Energy to provide $5 gift cards to residents who delivered their mercury thermostats for recycling. – This program resulted in the collection of over 46 pounds of mercury for recycling. • Expanded recycling of organic waste at schools and cities which resulted in 10,000 tons of organic waste diverted for composting. • Partnered with 80 reuse retailers to offer Choose to Reuse Today coupons and to encourage people to shop used. – Over 125,000 coupon books were distributed through participating retailers, Hennepin County service centers, libraries and Three Rivers Park District locations. • Awarded $269,850 of Waste Abatement Incentive Grants to 4 cities, 5 private schools, 1 public school district and the Metropolitan Airports Commission for innovative waste abatement projects. Ramsey County • Continued to operate the HHW collection system, with a year-round site and five satellite locations. – Served 26,716 participants, the 2nd highest year on record, delivering over 1,375,000 pounds of HHW. – Began accepting sharps (from syringes) at the County’s year round facility. • Continued to operate the yard waste collection system, offering seven sites throughout the county that are free for residents to use – Served over 407,000 site visitors, who delivered almost 112,000 cubic yards of leaves and grass clippings and over 150,000 cubic yards of brush. • Worked with U of M Master Gardeners, Girl Scout Group 51195, and Melvin Giles of World Citizen to install Peace Poles at all county yard waste sites (“May Peace Prevail on Earth” in four languages engraved on wooden poles) and installed gardens around four of the poles. • Worked with the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) to promote compost bins and rain barrels to residents. – Worked with local watershed districts to provide discounts to residents within those districts for purchase of rain barrels through the RAM event. Ramsey County (cont.) • Produced and distributed the 2010 Ramsey County Green Guide by mail to all residents, putting into their hands for the first time a comprehensive County “how to” guide for households. – Follow up survey of 955 residents showed that 98% reported that the guide would help them in their decisions on recycling and waste management. • Completed a biennial survey of residents, which confirmed that residents recycle at high rates and are well informed, but that there are some gaps in knowledge about disposal of certain household products (e.g. compact fluorescent tubes, prescription drugs). • Partnered with Parkview Center School in Roseville to roll out an enhanced recycling program, resulting in cost savings to the school. – In collaboration with the Roseville School District and City of Roseville, completed the video “Boxes, Bottles and Banana Peels” an introduction to school recycling, that will be used in districts throughout the County. • Received County Board approval for the Be Active! Be Green Recycling Container Project, a grant program for municipalities and school districts to increase away-from-home recycling. Ramsey County (cont.) • Developed the 4R program (“Reuse, Recycle and Renovate for Reinvestment Program”) in collaboration with the Ramsey County Property Records and Revenue Department. – Program designed to maximize the benefit to county taxpayers, return tax forfeited residential parcels to the tax rolls at their highest and best use, recover costs associated with the preparation and sale of the property, identify possible contamination and public health hazards, and encourage sound environmental stewardship through reuse and recycling practices. • Licensed 1,931 hazardous waste generators and 13 hazardous waste facilities, conducting over 1,400 inspections. – Provided 25 training sessions to generators, and 245 on-site consultation visits. – Conducted 154 inspections of building slated for demolitions to identify hazardous waste related issues through the pre-demolition inspection program • Worked with owners of Hmong Village (a new 108,000 square-foot facility with over 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths and 17 restaurants) as a pilot project to encourage more recycling in the Hmong business community. – Recycling program successfully implemented in October 2010 for cardboard, paper, bottles and cans, and food waste. Washington County • Operated the Environmental Center for the first full year, which provides HHW collection and product reuse for residents, the small business hazardous waste collection program, electronics collection for residents, and a recycling drop-off service for residents and small businesses for common recyclables. – Over 31,781 participants used the Environmental Center, an increase of 24.5% from the previous year. – Total pounds of waste collected at the Environmental Center increased 13% from 2009 with over 1,364,000 pounds collected. – Over 1,505, 000 pounds of electronics waste was collected , a 26% increase over 2009. – 6,499 citizens took home 104,457 pounds of free useable products from the Free Product Room, saving the county $56,000 in disposal costs. • Provided six HHW remote collections. • Assisted County Sheriff’s Office in nationwide voluntary prescription drug “Take-Back” campaign which collected 260 pounds of household pharmaceuticals from 122 citizens. Washington County (cont.) • Developed and implemented a comprehensive communications plan for the Environmental Center and HHW remote events. – An electronic newsletter (the Environmental eUpdate) was also started. 477 residents signed up to receive the new eUpdate in 2010. • Distributed compost bins and rain barrels, in partnership with RAM, at the Environmental Center. County residents could purchase one compost bin per household at a discount, while rebate funds lasted. – Over 600 participants purchased 300 compost bins, 45 kitchen food waste collection pails, and 595 rain barrels. Follow-up survey of compost bin recipients showed that 93% of respondents were adding materials to their bin two or more times per week. • Hosted a shredding day for residents at the Environmental Center, with a total of 20,800 pounds of paper shredded and recycled. – Estimated to have saved 176 trees (each about 35 feet tall), 72,800 gallons of water, 31 cubic yards of landfill space, and enough electricity to power the average home for 5 years and 1 month. • Collected holiday lights at the Environmental Center over the 2010 holiday season through RAM. Over 797 pounds of holiday lights were collected in 2010. Washington County (cont.) • Worked with Transfiguration Church and School (a Community POWER grantee) to initiate waste reduction; paper, bottle and can recycling; and food recycling projects at the church and school. – Efforts resulted in Transfiguration reducing trash pickup from daily to every other day, saving $250/month. • Worked with two additional schools to implement food waste recycling, resulting in 12 schools total in the county participating. An estimated 226 tons of food waste was recycled in 2010, which is the equivalent of 45 pounds per student per year. • Partnered with St. Paul – Ramsey County Department of Public Health and North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District 622 to secure a GreenCorps Member (funded through the MPCA) to provide direct assistance to ISD 622 to assist select schools in improving their recycling programs. – Before program enhancement, an average of 70 lbs/day of paper, cans, and bottles were collected from classroom and office areas. – After program enhancement, an average of 104 lbs/day of paper, cans, and bottles were collected from classroom and office areas, an increase of 49%.