Resolution Authorizing the Submittal of a Recycling Market Development Zone Renewal Application.

Meeting Date APRIL 02, 2013

Agenda Item #4. Resolution Authorizing the Submittal of a Recycling Market Development Zone Renewal Application.

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STAFF REPORT

AGENDA ITEM: Resolution Authorizing the Submittal of a Recycling Market Development Zone Renewal Application.

MEETING DATE: April 2, 2013

PREPARED BY: Jennifer Halpin, Public Programs Specialist/RMDZ Administrator, Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority

REVIEWED BY: Jose Antonio Ramirez, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION:

Adopt Resolution No. 2013-authorizing the submittal of a Recycling Market Development Zone renewal application.,

BACKGROUND:

California’s Integrated Waste Management Act (IWMA), which originally passed in 1989 and has since been amended, requires each jurisdiction within the State to reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills by 50% by the year 2000 and every year thereafter.

To assist California cities and counties in reaching this goal, the Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) program was created by the California Department of Resources and Recovery (CalRecycle) and designed to create an increased market demand for local recycled material. There are presently over 30 RMDZs in the State.

The RMDZ program is a business assistance program where qualifying manufacturers in a Zone are eligible to receive low-interest loans from the State and receive technical assistance, such as help with locating recycled materials for processing and identifying new customers.

A Zone must be redesignated after ten years by CalRecycle to continue being an RMDZ. The Merced County Regional RMDZ includes the Cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos and Merced, and the unincorporated areas of Merced County.

DISCUSSION:

The RMDZ Administer is requesting approval from all member jurisdictions, authorizing submittal of the Merced County Regional RMDZ renewal application. There are currently businesses utilizing the RMDZ program, such as RubberBark© in Ballico that recycles millions of California tires into tire-derived products and tire-derived aggregate.

FISCAL IMPACT:

If not approved, current businesses within the Merced County Regional RMDZ would not be eligible for the low-interest loans from the State of California and would not receive RMDZ technical assistance. There is no cost to the jurisdictions for participating in the RMDZ program.

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ATTACHMENTS:

1. Resolution of the City of Livingston supporting the renewal of Merced County Regional as a Recycling Market Development Zone.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2013-

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIVINGSTON SUPPORTING THE RENEWAL OF MERCED COUNTY REGIONAL AS A RECYCLING MARKET DEVELOPMENT ZONE

WHEREAS, California Public Resources Code Section 42010, et al. provides for the establishment of the Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) program throughout the State which provides incentives to stimulate development of post-consumer and secondary materials markets for recyclables; and

WHEREAS, all California jurisdictions must meet a 50% reduction in landfill waste disposal as mandated by the California Integrated Waste Management Act; and

WHEREAS, the Merced County Regional RMDZ includes designated areas in the Cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos and Merced, and the County of Merced; and

WHEREAS, the Merced County Regional RMDZ is dedicated to establishing, sustaining and expanding recycling-based manufacturing businesses, which is essential for market development and to assist these jurisdictions in meeting the established landfill waste reduction goals; and

WHEREAS, the designation of Merced County Regional RMDZ will expire on March 31, 2013; and

WHEREAS, the City of Livingston desires existing and new recycling-based manufacturing businesses located within the Merced County Regional RMDZ to be eligible for the technical and financial incentives associated with the RMDZ program; and

WHEREAS, the renewal of Merced County Regional as an RMDZ is still necessary to facilitate local and regional planning, coordination, and support existing recycling-based manufacturing businesses, as well as attract private sector recycling investments to the RMDZ; and

WHEREAS, the continued development of local markets for recycled materials would reduce the need to transport them out of the region in the future; and

WHEREAS, the current and proposed waste management practices and conditions are favorable to the development of post-consumer and secondary waste materials markets; and

WHEREAS, the California Legislature has defined environmental justice as "the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies" [Government Code section 65040.12(e)], and has directed the California Environmental Protection Agency to conduct its programs, policies, and activities that substantially affect human health or the environment in a manner that ensures the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and income levels, including minority populations and low income populations of the state [Public Resources Code section 71110(a)]; and

WHEREAS, CalRecycle has adopted a goal to continuously integrate environmental justice concerns into all of its programs and activities; and

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WHEREAS, the Cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos and Merced and the County of Merced have agreed to submit an application to CalRecycle requesting renewal as a RMDZ;

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WHEREAS, the Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority (MCRWMA) has agreed to act as Lead Agency for the proposed renewal of the RMDZ; and

WHEREAS, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the MCRWMA has determined that this re-designation is exempt from CEQA; and

WHEREAS, the City of Livingston finds there are no grounds for the City of Livingston to assume the Lead Agency role or to prepare an environmental document; and

NOW THEREFORE: the City Council of the City of Livingston hereby resolves that:

The City of Livingston, as Responsible Agency, approves the renewal of Merced County Regional as an RMDZ and directs the MCRWMA Public Programs Specialist to submit an application to CalRecycle requesting renewal of Merced County Regional as an RMDZ which includes the Cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos and Merced, and the County of Merced,

The MCRWMA will administer the RMDZ program in a manner that seeks to ensure the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures and incomes, including but not limited to soliciting public participation in all communities within the RMDZ, including minority and low income populations.

Passed and adopted this 2nd day of April, 2013, by the following vote:

AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

ABSTAIN:

Rodrigo Espinoza, Mayor

of the City of Livingston

ATTEST:

1, hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was regularly introduced, passed and adopted at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Livingston this 19’h day of March, 2013.

Antonio Silva, City Clerk

of the City of Livingston

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