R3 was engaged by the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (SCWMA) to provide a Comprehensive Guide and Training for SCWMA staff, Member Agency staff and Board members. R3’s primary objective was to present SCWMA and its Member Agencies with the information needed to effectively perform contract management functions and navigate the complex solid waste system as it evolves in Sonoma County, including the potential future shift of recyclable material processing capacity, and the ongoing arrangements around organic waste processing facilitated by SCWMA.
For this engagement, R3 worked closely with SCWMA to conduct two primary tasks. First, R3 team members developed an informational package for the Member Agency staff and Board members in the form of an easy-to-read Comprehensive Guide with illustrative charts, figures, and tables. This guide describes current contracts, their terms and conditions, the entities and relationships, and any other nuances that Member Agencies should be aware of. Intended for long-term use, the guide will be a “living document” that can be adapted and updated by the SCWMA staff as well as Member Agencies. To develop this guide, R3 performed the following tasks:
- Presented information about the current situation as well as our analysis per each Member Agency;
- Provided appropriate information in summary form for quick and accessible comparison amongst Member Agencies;
- Provided a timeline with important milestones for the SCWMA Member Agencies and describing key activities in the solid waste field as well as their responsible parties; and
- Described opportunities and innovations that may be available to Member Agencies and the SCWMA in the future.
R3’s second task was to facilitate a Solid Waste 101 Training Session for Sonoma County decision makers that presented the information provided in the Comprehensive Guide in an interactive format, and provide a round-table discussion opportunity to address questions and provide solutions to Member Agencies.
Project benefits include:
- Presentation of comprehensive information about SCWMA as well as analysis per each Member Agency, enabling each Member Agency to easily pick up and use the guide immediately; and
- An update-able resource for decision makers in Sonoma County to gain a thorough understanding of the current waste management system, the contractual relationships involved both broadly and for their Member Agencies, and how the system might change in the future.