Strategic Directives

CalRecycle is currently operating under strategic directives (purpose, vision, and core values) adopted in February 2007 and revised in March and June 2009. The Strategic Directives have served as a tool that allows the department to provide outstanding service to the State of California and reduce the amount of resources being wasted. Progress in meeting the 2007 Strategic Directives annual targets is described in the 2008 Strategic Directives Progress Report.

Purpose, Vision, and Directives

SD-1. Purpose and Vision
The purpose of CalRecycle is to protect and preserve our public health and safety, our resources, and our environment. To meet the mandates in the Integrated Waste Management Act, CalRecycle implements programs to reduce waste generation; divert materials from landfills; recover resources and direct them to their highest and best use in accordance with the Act’s waste management hierarchy (Public Resources Code section 40051); combat illegal dumping and remediate illegal sites; and, enforce applicable state standards. CalRecycle programs are also conducted in support of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

The vision of CalRecycle is a sustainable California, where all resources are conserved to the maximum extent feasible, greenhouse gases are reduced, in-state production of bioenergy and biofuels is enhanced, and our unique natural environment is preserved for future generations.

SD-2-12. Directives
These pages also include information on baseline measurements, metrics or performance criteria, annual targets, and key activities.

Note: SD=Strategic Directive, GP=Governance Process, BL=Board-Staff Linkage

SD-2: Recycling-Waste Management and Climate Change

It is a core value of the CIWMB that its waste diversion efforts also achieve substantial greenhouse gas emission reductions, in support of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, by diverting materials to their highest and best use and in developing domestic sources of energy and biofuels. The CIWMB will serve this core value through a systematic effort that manages and operates all Board functions in a manner that maximizes such reductions.

Specifically, the CIWMB will:

  • 2.1–Continue to participate in Climate Action Team (CAT) and AB 32 Scoping Plan process and participate in the CAT Interagency Working Groups.
  • 2.2–Implement the seven Recycling and Waste Management measures in the AB 32 Scoping Plan for which it has direct responsibility, to achieve a minimum reduction of 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions by the year 2020.
  • 2.3–Foster the development of alternative energy and biofuels derived from waste materials after high-value recyclables have been removed, and continuing to play an active role in the Bioenergy Interagency Working Group.
  • 2.4–Seek statutory direction to include evaluation of cross media regulatory proposals designed to protect air and water quality so that such proposals must also consider impacts on diversion programs and facilities that offer climate change benefits.

SD-3: Minimize Waste

It is a core value of the CIWMB that all materials be properly managed in order to minimize the generation of waste (source reduction), maximize the diversion of materials from landfills, and manage all materials to their highest and best use, in accordance with the waste management hierarchy and in support of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The Board conducts these activities in accordance with all mandates directing programs relative to special wastes, such as waste tires, used oil, and household hazardous wastes, etc.

Specifically, the CIWMB will:

  • 3.1–Provide rigorous oversight and review of all local jurisdiction programs so that diversion programs are fully implemented, and jurisdictions are meeting their per capita disposal targets.
  • 3.2–Continually increase the statewide annual diversion rate beyond 50 percent.
  • 3.3–Increase the annual waste tire diversion rate to 90 percent by 2015.
  • 3.4–Work with other State agencies to minimize litter and the uncontrolled release of materials harmful to the environment.
  • 3.5–Seek statutory changes to the California Oil Recycling Enhancement Act (CORE) to streamline the administration of the Used Oil Program and to support efforts to increase the collection, recycling, and rerefining of used oil.

SD-4: Landfill Management

It is a core value of the CIWMB to protect public health and safety and preserve resources. Accordingly, the CIWMB will enforce requirements to provide safe and adequate landfill disposal and long-term maintenance of landfills.

Specifically, the CIWMB will:

  • 4.1–Oversee enforcement of regulations so that all permitted active landfills meet state minimum standards as well as permit terms and conditions; and focus increased enforcement efforts on landfills with repeated violations.
  • 4.2–Coordinate with local enforcement agencies and regional water boards to enforce requirements that all active and closed landfills have plans for postclosure maintenance and appropriate levels of funding for closure, postclosure maintenance, operating liability, and corrective action.
  • 4.3–Reduce the number of solid waste landfills on the Inventory of Solid Waste Facilities Which Violate State Minimum Standards (“Inventory”) list.
  • 4.4–Assess what additional financial requirements should be put in place to ensure adequate long-term postclosure maintenance and corrective action; promulgate needed regulations; and develop legislative recommendations by July 1, 2009.
  • 4.5–Oversee the implementation of regulations so that all landfill operators required to prepare and implement landfill gas monitoring plan programs comply by December 2010.

SD-5: Producer Responsibility

It is a core value of the CIWMB that producers assume the responsibility for the safe stewardship of their materials in order to promote environmental sustainability.

Specifically, the CIWMB will:

  • 5.1–Utilize existing Board authority to foster “cradle-to-cradle” producer responsibility.
  • 5.2–Seek statutory authority to implement the Extended Producer Responsibility Framework adopted by the Board in January 2008.
  • 5.3–Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders, including the public and other interested parties, that result in producer-financed and producer-managed systems for product discards.

SD-6: Market Development

It is a core value of the CIWMB to assist in the development of viable, sustainable markets to divert materials from landfills and encourage source reduction and recycling, in accordance with the waste management hierarchy and in support of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

Specifically, the CIWMB will:

  • 6.1–Reduce the amount of organics in the waste stream by 50 percent by 2020.
  • 6.2–Seek legislation to eliminate or extend the Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) loan sunset, clarify repayment to the Integrated Waste Management Account (IWMA), and increase loan cap, to allow for additional loans to companies using materials that constitute major components of regional waste streams.
  • 6.3–Complete the current Infrastructure and Waste Characterization Study; update study as necessary in the future; and use the information to assist local decision-makers in long-range planning so that the diversion infrastructure keeps pace with growth and changes in regional waste management needs.
  • 6.4–Increase environmentally responsible procurement by State agencies.
  • 6.5–Develop a business retention and expansion strategy to assist California manufacturers that use recycled materials feedstock.

SD-7: Customer/Local Assistance

It is a core value for CIWMB to assist its stakeholders in meeting their responsibilities under California integrated waste management law, and to provide assistance to businesses in order to increase waste reduction and recycling.

Specifically, the CIWMB will:

  • 7.1–Conduct annual customer satisfaction surveys of stakeholders every two years. Based on evaluation, propose areas for improvement.
  • 7.2–Conduct effective and appropriate outreach and assistance to all jurisdictions and State agencies, focusing resources on regions where there will be the greatest impact on overall diversion. This includes identifying problem program areas and providing focused training, assistance and outreach opportunities.
  • 7.3–Assist local planning and recovery efforts to manage disaster debris in coordination with other State and federal agencies.

SD-8: Enforcement/Permitting

It is a core value of the CIWMB to manage and mitigate the impacts of solid waste and tires on public health and safety and the environment by enforcing compliance with regulations and state minimum standards, through integrated and consistent permitting, inspection, and enforcement efforts.

  • 8.1–Conduct enforcement program so that noncompliant local governments implement diversion programs and come into compliance with diversion requirements.
  • 8.2–Oversee enforcement activities so that all permitted active solid waste facilities/operations (other than landfills, which are addressed in SD 4) and tire facilities meet State minimum standards and permit terms and conditions, and focus increased enforcement efforts on facilities with repeated violations.
  • 8.3–Conduct continuing review and revision of the CIWMB’s regulations to ensure that they are grounded in the best available science, address changing market conditions, and take advantage of developing technologies.
  • 8.4–Seek additional statutory authority by September 2010 to reject incomplete and incorrect applications and provide effective and timely CIWMB review of proposed permits.
  • 8.5–Enhance the CIWMB’s enforcement program by increasing the number of independent field inspections and investigations of solid waste facilities. Inspect an additional 2 percent of active solid waste facilities/operations (landfills and other facilities) in calendar year 2009, and increase the number of additional inspections by 2 percent per year reaching a total of 10 percent per year in calendar year 2013.
  • 8.6–Assist local and regional agencies to prevent and redress illegal dumping.
  • 8.7–Reduce the number of permitted active solid waste facilities/operations (other than landfills, which are addressed in SD-4 on the Inventory of Solid Waste Facilities Which Violate State Minimum Standards (“Inventory”).

SD-9: Research and Development of Technology

It is a key value of the CIWMB to encourage innovations and technologies that provide for the most efficient and effective management and reuse of materials, in accordance with the waste management hierarchy and in support of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32, Núñez, Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006).

Specifically, the CIWMB will:

  • 9.1–Continue to coordinate on-going research activities with other state agencies that support the CIWMB’s purpose and vision, utilizing basic research, applied research, and technology transfer.
  • 9.2–Encourage the development of alternative energy and biofuels.
  • 9.3–Continue our active role in the Bio-Energy Inter-Agency Working Group, particularly to address achievement of SD-2.
  • 9.4–Actively participate in the Climate Action Team and the Assembly Bill 32 scoping plan, and coordinate with the Air Resources Board to obtain sufficient authority and resources to implement Recycling and Waste Management measures in the scoping plan as part of the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

SD-10: Fiscal Responsibility

It is a core value of the CIWMB to safeguard public funds, maintain fiscal integrity, and provide financial transparency.

Specifically, the CIWMB will:

  • 10.1–Conduct regular audits of the CIWMB’s fiscal processes.
  • 10.2–Audit a minimum of 4 percent of loans, 8 percent of grants, 5 percent of contracts, 16 percent of oil fee payers, and 9 percent of covered electronic waste recovery and recycling claims in 2008-2009,and increase thereafter annually to an overall 17 percent audit rate. (Revised June 2008)
  • 10.3–Conduct on-going review of the status of Board grant programs to evaluate program efficiency and effectiveness and report every two years.

SD-11: Public Outreach and Environmental Education

It is a core value of the CIWMB to educate the public about sound environmental principles and practices with a view toward changing behavior.

Specifically, the CIWMB will:

  • 11.1–Conduct regular public education and public outreach statewide, resulting in annual increases in the public’s awareness of sound environmental practices and the CIWMB’s purpose and programs.
  • 11.2–Work with the State Board of Education to approve the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum in January 2010.
  • 11.3–Secure participation and monetary support by appropriate State agencies for the EEI.
  • 11.4–Secure at least 50 percent of the total funding for long-term implementation of the EEI from private entities by 2015.

SD-12: Training and Development

It is a core value of the CIWMB to conduct staff development programs so that staff is well trained and knowledgeable; and to provide training to local enforcement agencies, relevant private and non-profit organizations, and city and county recycling professionals.

Specifically, the CIWMB will:

  • 12.1–Continue to provide training and development for staff in the skills required to do their jobs effectively and in the skills needed for advancement.
  • 12.2–Provide ongoing training in the principles of integrated waste management for all staff and members of the CIWMB Board; program to be implemented by April 2009.
  • 12.3–Annually develop and maintain a comprehensive training program for the CIWMB’s Enforcement Agency regulatory partners so that solid waste and tires are managed safely.
  • 12.4–Research and report findings on certification programs for recycling professionals in the public and private sectors in the United States and Canada by May 2009.
  • 12.5–Continue to provide the regulated community with access to all relevant CIWMB training.

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