Showing posts with label California Coastal Commission. Show all posts
Showing posts with label California Coastal Commission. Show all posts

Thursday, February 28, 2008

WHEN CALIFORNIA PASSED the Electronic Waste and Recycling Act of 2003, it became the first state to legislate the handling and disposal of e-waste. The act establishes a point-of-purchase fee ranging from $6 to $10 that consumers will pay to retailers to help cover the costs of e-waste recycling.

Nevertheless, the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), Sacramento, expects the management and operational costs for haulers, municipalities, and recyclers of e-waste to increase as the number of one-day special events to collect the waste grows. Curbside and commingled collection methods often are not practical for monitors and tvs because these items tend to be too bulky for residential pickups and have high breakage rates.

In anticipation of this trend, and to help smooth out some of the challenges of hosting collection events, Peninsula Sanitary Services Inc. (PSSI), Stanford, Calif., Dell Computers, Round Rock, Texas, and the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), Washington, D.C., developed a public-private partnership and sponsored a two-day e-waste collection workshop at Stanford University in October. The workshop uncovered three top challenges to e-waste collection events: controlling finances, managing logistics and quantifying the event.

Controlling finances

Based on PSSI's workshop, the partners estimate an e-waste collection event can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $25,00 for a small event to $25,000 to $50,000 for a large hauler. PSSI's collection budget was approximately $15,000.

Workshop leaders say inviting corporate sponsors and donors to participate — a task that is not so easily accomplished — is one of the best ways to cut costs. Few major computer manufacturers are willing to pay for the collection of e-waste that is not their own. Local ordinances also may prevent a sponsor from advertising on public property with banners or logos. However, obtaining federal, state, local or private foundation grants and soliciting volunteers will help entice corporate sponsors because companies will be more likely to participate if the financial burden will be shared.

To attract unpaid volunteers, companies should allow partners, civic groups or nonprofit organizations to receive the donated computers. Volunteer Match [www.volunteermatch.com] can be used to help find volunteer event staffing. Remember to train volunteers and to obtain a waiver or signed release from them excusing the waste hauler or event sponsor from liability.

Managing logistics

Logistics are best left up to professional service providers because they have expertise in acquiring the necessary permits, security, traffic control, insurance, signage, safety equipment, containers, semi tractor-trailers, forklifts, drivers and material handlers. Additionally, a key component of the collection of monitors is reuse or resale. It is important that a logistics company with experience in handling electronics be used to ensure a higher yield rate on materials.

Quantifying the event

Quantifying an event can help advertise and promote future workshops, and it can land additional grant money. Numbers and statistics will prove to potential sponsors and to the public that the waste hauler is operating efficiently.

PSSI collected more than 47 tons of surplus, obsolete or end-of-life monitors, computers and related equipment. With a budget of $15,000, collection costs amounted to approximately $319 per ton, which is toward the low end of the spectrum. Studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, D.C., state that e-waste collection costs range from $240 per ton to $1,240 per ton.

In addition to adding e-waste runs to curbside routes, increasing one-day e-waste events demonstrates the waste industry's concern and creativity in solving an environmental problem. More information on e-waste events can be found in “Computer Recycling for Education,” available at Barnes & Noble Bookstores or www.computerrecycleforeduc.com.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pacific Swell on the way

Pacific Wide Swell Alert from Surfline, effective Tuesday, February 12, 2008.High Pressure hanging over the West Coast has left an open corridor for strong storm activity in the Central Pacific.

We have a large storm now brewing up solid and significant swell that will be headed into North Shores of HI later this week and then track its way to the West Coast by the weekend. Even better, with the High pressure in place, that means conditions will be generally pleasant during much of this run of waves.

Make sure to CHECK THE SURFLINE FORECASTS to get all the latest details.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Toll Road in South Orange County

TRESTLES: JUDGEMENT DAY?
Surfrider assesses Governor Schwarzenegger's announced support of toll road

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By: Kyle Moreno
January 17, 2008

California surfers have to be feeling a little anxious. In a six-day swell of beach-threatening decisions, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled plans to close forty-eight state parks, and then turned his gun on Trestles. The Governator issued a letter Tuesday urging the California Coastal Commision to approve the 241-toll road extension, which, if completed, would run through San Onofre State Park.

So, with just two weeks to go before the Coastal Commission's next critical hearing, we had to know where the recent news left the effort to save our world-class break. Surfline sat down with Surfrider's Executive Director Jim Moriarty to assess the new terrain.

SURFLINE: FIRST OF ALL, HOW SURPRISING WAS GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER'S ANNOUNCEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE 241 TOLL ROAD EXTENSION?JIM MORIARTY: It wasn't so much surprising as it was disappointing. We all expect our elected officials to be protecting our public resources, not destroying them. I find it somewhat ironic that the leading Republican in the state is literally dismantling the legacy of two of his party's most revered icons: Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan, who both played significant roles in establishing San Onofre State Beach Park.

AFTER THE DECISION, THE GOVERNOR REALEASED A STATEMENT SAYING HE "CONCLUDED THAT THIS PROJECT IS ESSENTIAL TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR EVERYONE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA."One of the downsides to the recent surge in interest in the environment is that advertisers, companies and politicians have chosen to turn it into hyperbole. In this case it's total, 100% folly. I mean really, how exactly does the Governor plan on "protecting a state park" by endorsing a project that would result in the loss of 60% of it? We're talking about putting a road directly through the fifth most visited park in the state. We're talking about putting a road directly through a watershed habitat that is home to no less than 11 federally endangered and threatened species. I challenge him and anyone to name a single paved road, anywhere on the globe, that did not lead to pollution?

THE TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCY (TCA) HAS OFFERED TO GIVE CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS A MONETARY INCENTIVE IF THE ROAD IS BUILT. WHAT DOES THAT OFFER ENTAIL?In October of last year, the TCA made the California State Parks Department a mitigation offer of $100 million dollars ostensibly to make state park improvements elsewhere. The California State Parks Department turned the offer down cold. Why? Simple. Because our state parks are not for sale! Can you imagine the precedent this would set? 100 million dollars for the 5th most visited park in the state? What's next - are we going to start selling off sections of Richardson Grove Redwoods or Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve?

This isn't a campaign; preserving the areas we love is our lifestyle.
Surfrider's Executive Director Jim Moriarty

WHAT ROLE MIGHT CALIFORNIA'S BUDGET CRISIS BE PLAYING IN ALL OF THIS?At this point it's hard to say for sure. But in light of the Governor's recent proposal to close 48 state parks and beaches, approve the early release of inmates from state correctional facilities, and raise DMV fees, it sure appears that the Governor is now seeking to sacrifice California's public lands for political objective.

HOW MUCH WEIGHT, REALISTICALLY, DOES THE GOVERNOR'S SUPPORT CARRY IN THE FINAL DECISION?Certainly I don't think there's any way you can marginalize anything the Governor says or does. However, I would encourage people to ask themselves why: ...if the California Coastal Commission's own staff are recommending against the project ...if the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Malibu, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Santa Monica, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Beach, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Imperial Beach, and Oceanside have all adopted resolutions in support of our state parks and against this project ...if the California State Attorney General's office has filed a lawsuit against the TCA to stop this project ...if, in poll after poll, the majority of residents from around the state and in Orange County indicate that they do not want this project running through a state park--why is the Governor in favor of it?

DOES THE NEWS AFFECT THE DYNAMIC/APPROACH HEADING INTO NEXT MONTH'S PERMIT-DECIDING HEARING? Our strategy hasn't changed because the facts haven't changed. And the fact is that this road will result in irreparable damage to the environment and compromise San Onofre State Beach Park. We are confident that if the California Coastal Commission remains impartial and makes their decision solely based on the facts and research that has been presented to them, they will agree with their staff's own findings and rule that this project is inconsistent with the laws set forth in the California Coastal Act.

AND THE NEXT STEP FOR SURFRIDER IS...Constant pressure, endlessly applied. This isn't a campaign; preserving the areas we love is our lifestyle. To use a surfing analogy, if the Save Trestles campaign were being compared to the WCT, then the upcoming CCC hearing would be the Teahupoo and Tavarua event rolled into one - meaning it's a big milestone. Whoever comes out on top here will have a bit of momentum, but at the end of the day it's still a long road to Hawaii. There are still a lot of permit hearings to go through, etc. Surfrider Foundation is in this to the end, and will be asking people to plug in variously along the way.

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS OUR READERS CAN HELP?Obviously our immediate need is to get as many people as we can down to Oceanside on February 6th for the Coastal Commission hearing. It is critical that we make a demonstrative show of opposition, to remind both the Commission members and our elected officials that we are steadfast in our resolve to keep this project out of our state park.Another simple and effective way to support this campaign (as well as our other efforts) is to join Surfrider Foundation as a member. The whole reason that our organization is heard is because we have over 50,000 voices behind us. And each time someone joins Surfrider as a member, our organization just gets that much louder.For more details on the February 6th California Coast

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

San Onofre Surf Spot

The fight to protect Trestles is coming to a head, and on Wednesday, February 6th, 9am, you can stand up and let your voice be heard.

That’s when the California Coastal Commission will convene at the Del Mar Fair Grounds (Wyland Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, CA 92014) for a crucial vote to save the world-class break, and surfers from around California will be showing up en-masse to show support.

Read up on the latest in a recent interview with Surfirder’s Executive Director Jim Moriarty, link over to actionnetwork.org to sign a toll road petition, and stay tuned to the Save Trestles Blog for details and updates as they are made available.In an effort to raise some cash for the cause, Nicholas Pujdak has offered up copies of an Acrylic painting for an auction. Check it out at nativeshores.com.

And the OC Register has an online poll and an article about the Toll Road and alternatives. Read more atOCregister.com.

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