Entries by Peggy Paulsen

Impact of Cannabis on California’s Waste Diversion Goals?

As reported in Waste Management Magazine, there are an estimated 50,000 – 70,000 California licensed and unlicensed cannabis cultivators, and “a typical, mid-sized manufacturer will produce 250 to 500 pounds of waste a day.” Given how rapidly this agricultural sector is growing, and the classification of cannabis waste as organic (vs. hazardous), there are concerns about the […]

California Law Protects Waste Service Vehicles from Reckless Passing

As of January 1, 2020, a new California law mandates that drivers on public roads who approach or pass stopped waste service vehicles — that are readily identified and have their amber lights flashing — must do so at a safe speed and distance “without interfering with the safe operation of the waste service vehicle…” […]

California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Straws at Full-Service Restaurants

Assembly Bill 1884, which went into effect on January 1, 2019, now prohibits “sit-down” restaurants in California from providing single-use straws, unless requested by customers. Straws made from non-plastic materials, including but not limited to paper, pasta, sugar cane, wood, or bamboo are exempt. Restaurants violating the law could be fined $25 per day or a maximum […]

Congrats to our CRRA Young Professionals Scholarship Recipients!

We are proud to announce that R3 Project Analyst Claire Wilson and Marketing Coordinator Kristy Dalay were awarded two out of the four 2019 Young Professionals Scholarships from the California Resource Recovery Association! To learn more about CRRA and how young professionals can participate, click here.

R3’s in the News!

R3 Principal, Garth Schultz, featured in news story on rate hikes in City of San Rafael. See story on KTVU News here! To read the full article, click here.        

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Zero Waste Marin – Materials Flow & Capacity Analysis

The Marin County Hazardous and Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority (Zero Waste Marin) represents Marin County, 11 incorporated cities or towns within Marin County, and 12 special collection districts that franchise for hauling services, for a total of 24 agencies. R3 was engaged by the Marin County Hazardous and Solid Waste Management Joint Powers […]

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Los Altos – Perfomance Review of Mission Trail Waste Solutions (MTWS) & High Diversion Planning

Performance Review R3 was engaged by the City of Los Altos (City) to conduct a Performance and Billing Review of Mission Trail Waste Solutions (MTWS) as included under their Collections Service Agreement (Agreement) to provide solid waste, recycling, and organic collection services for the City. R3’s high level review of MTWS consisted of two main […]

Monthly Topic: China Bans Solid Waste and Recyclables Imports

Summary Beijing notified the World Trade Organization in July 2017 that it planned to ban the import of 24 varieties of solid waste and recyclables (e.g., certain plastics and unsorted paper), and lower the minimum required contamination level from 1.5% to 0.3%. The ban is part of a broader Chinese customs program called “Operation Green […]