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Feb 24

New HHW Drop-Off Facility to be Located at the El Cerrito Recycling Center

Posted to City Manager's Updates on February 24, 2016 at 9:08 AM by Suzanne Iarla

In order to provide more convenience in the proper disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) for West County residents, the West Contra Costa Integrated Waste Management Authority, commonly known as RecycleMore, will soon be opening a new HHW satellite drop-off facility at the El Cerrito Recycling Environmental Resource Center. The facility will be accepting material from West County Residents in Recyclemore’s territory one day per week, tentatively planned for every Wednesday. Operations and Environmental Services Division staff is working with RecycleMore to open the facility in early April. RecycleMore will contract with Republic Services, their current HHW facility operator, to staff and operate the El Cerrito HHW site. Development of the facility is funded through a grant to RecycleMore by CalRecycles. On-going operational costs are funded through a portion of the Integrated Waste Management fee paid by all ratepayers in RecycleMore territory.

For more information related to the projects listed above, please contact Maria Sanders, Operations and Environmental Services Manager or call 510-559-7684.

Aug 24

Recycling + Environmental Resource Center: Salvage Permit Process Change

Posted to City Manager's Updates on August 24, 2014 at 3:11 PM by Suzanne Iarla

City Manager's Update of July 17, 2014

Staff at the El Cerrito Recycling Environmental Resource Center recently completed an update to the City's salvage permit application process, including the implementation of new application fees. In March of 2013, the El Cerrito Recycling Environmental Resource Center began implementation of newly adopted changes to the Solid Waste Ordinance, pertaining to salvage at the Center (ECMC 8.12.150). This new provision, which was intended to permit salvage of drop-off recyclables for legitimate personal reuse, established a process under which individuals could seek the City's permission to salvage. It also stipulated that applicants must pay an application fee, if one has been established in the City's Master Fee Schedule; a $15 application fee is included in the FY2014-2015 Master Fee Schedule adopted by the Council. Staff proposed this fee as cost recovery for the staff time necessary to process the roughly 300 salvage permit applications that the City receives annually.

Salvage activities at the Center are an important part of El Cerrito's climate and waste strategies, because reuse is widely considered to be of overall greater environmental benefit than recycling and buying new. Those with approved salvage permits tend to reuse materials for art and school projects, building and landscaping improvements, shipping supplies, and more. For more information about the City's salvage permit process, or to obtain a salvage permit application, please contact Lisa Ramos, Management Assistant,  510-215-4350.
Jan 22

New Winter Hours at the RERC

Posted to City Manager's Updates on January 22, 2014 at 12:35 PM by Suzanne Iarla

Due to dark winter conditions and low visitation after 5 p.m., the Recycling Environmental Resource Center (RERC) has implemented a new winter-hours schedule. From November 1st through February 1st, the RERC will close at 5 p.m. during weekdays ...

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