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Urgent: State Survey on Barriers to Siting Organic Diversion Facilities due on 3-10-08

Apologies for Cross-Postings - Please fill out and forward to others ASAP

From: "Garcia, Bobbie" <bgarcia@CIWMB.ca.gov>
Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2008 16:22:24 -0800
REMINDER:  If you haven't filled out the survey on barriers to siting organic diversion facilities, you still have time to do so.  The survey will be available until Monday, March 10, 2008.  Thank you.  Bobbie 
We Need to Hear From You:  The California Integrated Waste Management (CIWMB) is requesting your help in identifying barriers to siting and expanding organic materials diversion facilities.  The CIWMB is seeking participation from a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties to help us better understand all of the issues involved.  Your perspective is important to the CIWMB.     

Why:  Organic materials comprise over 30 percent of the waste stream landfilled.  The CIWMB wants California to reduce the amount of organics being landfilled by 50 percent by 2020.  To do this at least 15 million tons of organics needs to be recycled annually.  As identified in the CIWMB?s ?Organics Roadmap" ( http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/agendas/mtgdocs/2007/12/00022750.doc ) , new and expanded facilities are going to be needed to achieve this goal and the CIWMB is looking at what it can do to help reduce the barriers to the siting and expanding of these needed facilities.  

How You Can Participate: 

1.       Complete Electronic Survey at http://www.surveykey.com/s.cfm?SID=3891193F-FF9E-87C0-4B3CE49F51278667 no later than March 10, 2008.

The survey takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.  You can only take the survey once online. If you would like to re-take the survey, please contact Bobbie Garcia at bgarcia@ciwmb.ca.gov

After you complete the survey, a CIWMB staff person may contact you to get a more in-depth understanding of the barrier(s) and your ideas on how they can be overcome.

2.       Attend Workshop at one of the following locations:

·         April 16, 2008 at the Biocycle Conference in San Diego
·        April 23, 2008 at the Cal/EPA Building in Sacramento. 
All of the input from the surveys and any follow-up interviews will be used to develop a draft work plan to be discussed and improved upon at a series of workshops that you are invited to attend. The draft work plan will include concrete tasks and actions that the CIWMB could undertake to help reduce barriers to siting and expanding organics diversion facilities.  We will provide you with copy of the draft work plan and an invitation to the workshops.

After the workshops, staff will finalize the work plan and present it to the CIWMB at a future Board meeting.  A notice of this future Board meeting will be sent to you.   

Please Forward to Others:  If you know of others that might be interested in taking the survey, please forward this email message to them. 

If you have any questions, please contact me at  bgarcia@ciwmb.ca.gov .

Thank you and hope you are able to participate in the survey and workshop.

Bobbie Garcia
Waste Compliance and Mitigation Program, CIWMB
1001 "I" Street
P.O. Box 4025
Sacramento, CA  95812-4025
Ph: (916) 341-6291
Fax: (916) 319-7535
E-Mail: bgarcia@ciwmb.ca.gov
"Zero Waste, You Make It Happen!"

Gary Liss       
Fax: 916-652-0485