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San Ramon council to review waste services ordinance, consider Styrofoam ban

Plus: City considers loaning $1.4M to senior housing project for affordable units

The San Ramon City Council is set to look over its garbage and waste policies during its regular meeting on Tuesday, during which time city officials will also discuss potential restriction or prohibition to the use of Styrofoam.

After contracting with its new waste service provider, Alameda County Industries of San Ramon (ACI), last March -- with services officially beginning in October -- city officials say they are now proposing revisions to its municipal code in order to more accurately reflect waste services received by San Ramon.

According to a staff report by San Ramon program manager David Krueger, proposed changes to the city’s municipal code include:

* Requiring all San Ramon residents and businesses to subscribe to collection services for recyclable and organic materials.

* Specifying when collection containers can be set out for collection, and when they need to be stored in enclosures.

* Updating the construction and demolition debris recycling ordinance to ensure compliance with state (CALGreen) building standards codes.

* General clean-up of the solid waste sections of the San Ramon Municipal Code to remove outdated language and inconsistencies with other code sections and the new solid waste and recycling franchise agreement.

* Standardizing commercial recycling services.

The City Council signed a 15-year contract with ACI in March, agreeing to contract with the new provider based off of community feedback prioritizing high diversion rates -- the rate at which waste products are diverted from a landfill to recycling center -- over cost increases.

According to city officials, by 2029 ACI will be able to divert 90% of all waste collected away from landfills and into recycling centers.

If council members desire to make some or all of the proposed changes to the city’s waste services ordinance, it will be reintroduced at the Feb. 25, City Council meeting.

Building off of its discussion on waste services, during Tuesday’s meeting the council will also review a proposed ordinance seeking to discourage the use of expanded polystyrene -- a rigid cellular plastic more commonly known as Styrofoam -- and other single-use disposable foodware.

“Markets for recyclable materials are currently depressed due in large part to Chinese import restrictions. The remaining buyers have reduced the percentage of non-recyclable contaminants accepted in recyclable materials, and single-use disposable items such as expanded polystyrene, and other items can contaminate collected recyclables, making them more difficult to sell,” Krueger said in a statement.

City staff will discuss the negative impacts Styrofoam has on recycling and the community, and will ask for the council’s consent to begin formulating a plan to either ban Styrofoam outright within city limits, or impose restrictions discouraging its use.

The City Council is set to hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, in the San Ramon City Hall Council Chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business

* Council members are also set to consider granting a $1.4 million loan from the city’s affordable housing fund to facilitate the construction of 15 affordable units as part of a 95-unit senior housing project.

The City Council approved a development plan for the project on Nov. 14, 2017, which consists of 95-unit senior apartments on a 1.39-acre property at 9000 Alcosta Blvd.

City staff say the loan -- which will be used to help offset escalating construction costs -- will have a three-year term for repayment with one optional 12-month extension available to the developer.

“Minimum payments on the loan will be interest-only for the duration of its term, with the full loan amount, and all interest accrued, due and payable at the end of the final year of the loan. Interest due on the first year of the loan term will be deferred until the end of the final year,” community development director Debbie Chamberlain, wrote in a staff report.

Chamberlain added that a total of $122,500 in interest payments are anticipated over the three-year term of the loan -- it would be expanded to $171,500 if the developer exercises the 12-month option.

* The council is also set to review the city’s development agreement with Sunset Development Company for the City Center project at Bollinger Canyon Road and Camino Ramon, and are being requested by staff to consider extending the agreement for an additional five years -- as well as an option to extend it five years past that.

*Piggybacking off of the previous discussion, council members will hold a similar review of the city’s Chevron Park Development Agreement with Sunset Development, and consider extending that agreement for an additional five years -- with a similar five-year option past that.

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2 people like this
Posted by susan
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 10, 2020 at 11:52 pm

Styrofoam is one of the most-used plastics in the world.Prohibition of plastic does not fundamentally reduce white pollution.So we still have to do polystyrene recycling. INTCO is a Styrofoam Recycling Specialist, providing total solution to EPS recycling and polystyrene recycling. If you are interested to solve polystyrene recycling,you can visit

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Posted by Median Joe
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 11, 2020 at 7:48 am

There are plant based Recyclable / Compostable alternatives to styrofoam.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 11, 2020 at 11:02 pm

Rethink>Reduce>Reuse>Recycle, in that order. We can't recycle our way out of our trash mess.
City Council will contemplate an ordinance addressing single use plastics as well as styrofoam in the near future. For those of us who care about reducing the waste stream this is great news. The draft ordinance will go to the Policy Committee next. San Ramon would be joining some of the more forward-looking cities in our region with this ordinance.

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