2017 Annual Report

Oc Waste & Recycling

Preparing for change
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2017 brought to OCWR a new director, a new direction and a focus on massive legislation-driven change.
It was a year of preparing for change that targets a range of human and environmental issues, from climate change to a state-wide push toward zero waste and diverting and capturing food waste to help solve the problem of food insecurity.
In short the waste industry is in a state of flux. Regulations are converging to create a perfect storm for waste haulers, cities and OC Waste & Recycling. Many new laws are mandating diversion of organic waste, with a heightened focus on food waste. Responding to these regulations is complex, complicated and challenging. And it is urgent. Milestones for diverting organic waste from Orange County’s landfills are fast approaching.
Through this annual report, we welcome you to review our progress and take a look at what the future holds.
YEAR IN REVIEW
2017
JANUARY
Work begins on the Olinda front slope improvement project, Phase 2 of the partial final closure.
FEBRUARY
To deliver on the OCWR Good Neighbor promise, OCWR identifies the source of an ongoing, non-landfill odor in a neighborhood adjacent to FRB and collaborates to get it resolved.
FEBRUARY
OCWR launches the Organics Strategic Initiative and begins baseline work to develop an organics program to address AB 1594 and SB 1383.
MARCH
After 15 years of service to OCWR, the last three as director, Dylan Wright leaves the department to serve as director of OC Community Services at the request of CEO Frank Kim.
March
San Diego’s local NBC news produces and airs a four-minute segment about the bird abatement program at Prima, showcasing OC Landfills’ environmental stewardship and protection measures.
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/on-air/as-seen-on/DTE0309_San-Diego-415831183.html
MARCH
North Region passes Cal Recycle/LEA 18-month inspection, with compliments from the regulators on how well the site looks and operates.
APRIL
OCWR Celebrates Earth Day Eco Challenge at Discovery Cube; Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker and First District Supervisor Andrew Do lend their support.
APRIL
OCWR resumes operational control of Landfill Gas Collection and Control System at the Coyote Canyon Landfill from the former gas-to-energy plant operator.
MAY
OCWR draws hundreds to Eco Challenge Day at the Fiesta Angels event; booth includes educational partners and Angels player Garrett Richards.
MAY
Dine at the Dump raises $5,000 for United Way.
MAY
Landfill Tour Program receives a Golden Hub of Innovation Award in the category of Community Outreach.
JUNE
Strategic Communications group launches OCWR Speakers Bureau.
JULY
Following a nationwide search Tom Koutroulis is named OCWR director, bringing more than 25 years professional waste and recycling industry and community relations experience.
JULY
OCWR holds inaugural National Drive-Thru Day event to promote proper disposal of household hazardous waste at the department’s HHW collection centers.
JULY
National Association of Counties honors Landfill Tour Program and Capital Improvement Planning Program Model with Achievement Awards.
AUGUST
Orange County Waste Characterization Study is published; reveals 38.4 percent of residential and commercial waste is organic material.
AUGUST
Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) honors Bowerman Power with a Silver Excellence Award and the Landfill Tour Program with a Bronze Excellence Award.
SEPTEMBER
Poster contest winners celebrated at Angel Stadium; contest draws a record 521 entries.
SEPTEMBER
Bowerman Power Project receives the Innovative Energy Project of the Year Award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Region V.
SEPTEMBER
Board of Supervisors selects firms to develop a golf course at the closed Coyote Canyon Landfill.
OCTOBER
2017 Golf Tournament raises more than $20K for United Way.
OCTOBER
OCWR completes major purchase of state-of-the-art landfill heavy equipment.
OCTOBER
La Pata Gap Extension Project receives the WCCC Distinguished Project Award in collaboration with OC Public Works.
OCTOBER
La Pata view shed Phase 3 completed.
NOVEMBER
Ducks partner with OCWR to promote recycling throughout OC and celebrate America Recycles Day at the Honda Center.
NOVEMBER
Construction of permanent cell towers at Coyote Canyon closed landfill begins; it’s the next phase of the overhaul of the previous landfill gas to energy plant.
NOVEMBER
Permanent litter fence, misting systems and odor neutralizers installed at Prima as part of OCWR’s Good Neighbor mitigation efforts.
DECEMBER
Rob Johnson elected chair and Don Froelich elected vice chair of Waste Management Commission.
DECEMBER
Organics Initiative Subcommittees launch and begin work on operational, management and community relations efforts tied to new organics legislation.
DECEMBER
World class mitigation efforts contribute to all three sites passing critical LEA inspections, despite multiple days of litter-generating, extremely high winds.
DECEMBER
Testing of new drone operation begins.