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  • 1. County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works October 5, 2013 A Sustainable Solid Waste System California Contract Cities Association Annual Fall Seminar
  • 2. 2 Overview • Role of Public Works • Where We Are Today • Long Term Strategy • Closure of Puente Hills Landfill • Next Steps County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works
  • 3. Role of the Department of Public Works 3Public Works, Environmental Programs Division • Advise Board of Supervisors on Waste Management Issues • Implement Waste Reduction Programs • Prepare Disposal Capacity Planning documents • Assist with Permitting of Solid Waste Facilities
  • 4. Solid Waste Quantities in LA County 4 = + Amount of trash generated Amount of trash diverted Amount of trash disposed of • 22 million tons per year (equivalent to filling the Rose Bowl 88 times) • 4,300 lbs per person per year • 13 million tons per year • 2,600 lbs per person per year • 9 million tons per year • 1,700 lbs per person per year Public Works, Environmental Programs Division
  • 5. Waste Management Paradigm 5Public Works, Environmental Programs Division
  • 6. • Describes how the County and Cities plan to manage the disposal of solid waste for 15-years. • Establishes criteria for siting disposal facilities. 6Public Works, Environmental Programs Division Long-Term Strategy Countywide Siting Element • AB 939 requires each County to prepare a siting element.
  • 7. Status-Quo Scenario 7 • No increases in diversion rate • No increases in out-of- County capacity • No conversion technology facilities (only waste-to-energy) 0 20,000 40,000 60,000 80,000 100,000 120,000 2010 2020 2030 2040 2050 TonsperDay In-CountyLandfillCapacity Out-of-CountyCapacity Waste-to-Energy Diversion Shortfall Public Works, Environmental Programs Division Reliance on existing disposal capacity alone is insufficient to meet long-term needs.
  • 8. Sustainable Strategy 8 • Increase diversion to 75% • In-County landfill expansions • Conversion technology is operational • Waste-by-rail is operational Public Works, Environmental Programs Division 0 20,000 40,000 60,000 80,000 100,000 120,000 2010 2020 2030 2040 2050 TonsperDay Waste-to-Energy&Conversion In-CountyLandfillCapacity Diversion
  • 9. Long-Term Strategy Conversion Technologies (CT) Environmental • Reduce air emissions • Divert from Landfills • Increase recovery of materials Economic • Produce energy and biofuels • Create green collar jobs Community • Reduce truck traffic • Provide local options for waste management Public Works, Environmental Programs Division 9
  • 10. Long-Term Strategy Conversion Technologies (CT)  Assisted jurisdictions and private companies with project development.  Build coalition of cities and state agencies in support of CTs.  Sponsor CT legislation: SB 804 (D-Lara) Public Works, Environmental Programs Division 10
  • 11. Closure of Puente Hills Landfill Public Works, Environmental Programs Division 11 • Closure has been accounted for in long-term projections. • Anticipate higher costs due to tighter disposal market. • Waste-by-Rail System aids in providing long-term security.
  • 12. Next Steps Countywide Siting Element Tentative Milestones • Disseminate CEQA document (2014) • Adoption by cities, and County Board of Supervisors (2015) • Approval by CalRecycle (2016) 12
  • 13. 13Public Works, Environmental Programs Division Thank you www.CleanLA.com 1 (888) CLEAN LA Emiko Thompson Senior Civil Engineer County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Environmental Programs Division ethomp@dpw.lacounty.gov