Sunday, June 14, 2009

SF Chron Looks At The Waste Board

Interesting look at California's Integrated Waste Management Board by the San Francisco Chronicle this morning. Now we know how they're funded:

"Instead, most of the waste board's $235 million cost is paid for by trash and recycling fees the state collects from four major sources: $1.40 per ton collected from landfills; 16 cents a gallon from the sale of motor oil; $1 per new tire sold in California; and $8 to $25 collected on sales of new televisions and computer monitors."

The comments on the story are worth a read, too. Only ten, so far, but I was surprised they were all opposed to the board.



At 9:05 AM, Blogger AJ said...

darkblue_b had a salient point. The tiny appointed board could/should be replaced with a different governing structure. The organization's actual work is a net gain for California.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

I thought eastbaygrease (6:56 comment) had a good point:

The waste board does not manage trash disposal or recycle anything. Those responsibilities are local govenment's and private businesses. County environmental health staff directly inspect landfills, compost heaps and recycling facilities and enforce regulations. The nine regional water quality control boards enforce water quality regulatory aspects of waste management activities and state the air board does the same for emissions (including greenhouse gases).

Do we really need 450 state employees to oversee what everyone else is doing?

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

I just made my comment of the Chron's site. Comment #42, I believe.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger AJ said...

The best points were raised by the reporter. Eliminating CIWMB won't make even the tiniest dent the deficit because of its funding sources.

And surprisingly, the point that there is more financial sense (deficit-wise) in doing the exact opposite of Arnie's plan -- have CIWMB assume control over Arnie's two general fund departments.


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