WCCIWMA is responsible for providing waste processing services of the franchised waste stream in West Contra Costa County (landfillling, recyclables processing, composting and HHW) and implementation of AB939 programs.
Responsibilities regarding AB939
The Authority's AB 939 Responsibilities are:
1. Preparation and regular updating of a Regional Plan identifying source reduction, recycling, and composting actions to achieve mandated levels of waste diversion.
2. Preparation and updating of Regional Plan identifying actions need to reduce, recycle, and safely dispose of household hazardous waste.
3. Preparation and updating of a Regional Education & Public Program identifying measures needed to educate and inform residents and businesses of the actions needed to achieve reduction in waste disposal and to reduce, recycle, and safely dispose of household hazardous waste and the services and programs that are available to achieve these ends.
4. Implementation of actions identified in the Regional Plans and Education Program for implementation by the Authority.
5. Regular reporting to the State, the Authority Member Agencies and the public on the status of implementation of Regional Plans and Programs.
6. Payment of any fines (up to $50,000 per day) levied against Recyclemore for failure of RecycleMore to make a good faith effort to implement Regional Plans & Programs.
7. Determination of the type, extent, and manner of solid waste and recyclables processing needed to comply with AB 939 and arranging for the needed services.
Member Agency Responsibilities regarding AB939
1. Requiring the services identified in the Regional Plans as being provided under the Member's collection franchise agreement to be performed in accordance with the Regional Plans.
2. Implementing source reduction, recycling and composting activities within their individual governmental agencies.
3. Payment of any fines which may be levied as a result of a Member or Members failure to implement actions specified in the Regional Plans for implementation by the Member of Members.
4. Coordination of individual solid waste and household hazardous waste education and public information activities with Authority activities and to conduct such activities with the Regional Education and Public Information Program.
Responsibilities regarding the IRRF
1. Regulation of IRRF Rates to be paid by franchised haulers: a.) Approval of Annual Budgets which contain only reasonably necessary and prudent costs b.) Annual Review of prior year costs and activities to ensure that the proper amount has been paid by ratepayers
2. Approval of IRRF related collection rates to be paid by ratepayers: a. Richmond Sanitary Service (RSS) - Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, and County Area b. East Bay Sanitary Company (EBS) - El Cerrito
3. Monitoring of IRRF Activities: a.) Operating & Maintenance b.) Recyclable Materials processing and marketing c.) Opportunities to reduce cost or increase revenues
4. Approval of IRRF modifications.
What's an IRRF?
The Integrated Resource Recovery Facility, or IRRF (opened in 1996), is a recyclables processing facility located just off the Richmond Parkway at 101 Pittsburg Avenue in North Richmond. The IRRF is operated by West County Resource Recovery Inc. a division of Richmond Sanitary Service. You can Tour our IRRF here.
The IRRF also has a buyback center that accepts all of the California Redemption materials (aluminum cans, glass bottles, PET Plastic #1) and scrap glass, scrap aluminum, brass, copper, steel (500 lb. Minimum), newspaper, cardboard and mixed paper. Call ahead for current prices: 510-412-4500.
The IRRF is also the location of the West County Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. To find out more about the hours and what can be taken there visit our HHW page.