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<br />ORANGE COUNTY <br />BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> <br />ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: June 16, 2020 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 6-d <br /> <br />SUBJECT: Amendments to the Orange County Solid Waste Ordinance Regarding Disposal <br />of Construction and Demolition Waste at Waste and Recycling Centers <br /> <br />DEPARTMENT: Solid Waste <br /> <br /> <br />ATTACHMENT(S): <br />Resolution <br />Revised Solid Waste Ordinance <br />Section 34-40 <br />Photos <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />INFORMATION CONTACT: <br />Robert Williams, 919-918-4904 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />PURPOSE: To consider the attached resolution amending the Solid Waste Ordinance <br />provisions to allow a limited amount of Construction and Demolition Waste at the Waste and <br />Recycling Centers. <br /> <br />BACKGROUND: The Orange County Waste and Recycling Centers (Centers) were <br />established for the disposal of household municipal solid waste and recycling. Specifically, the <br />Orange County Solid Waste Ordinance provides in Section 34-40 that Centers are maintained at <br />selected locations throughout the County for the convenience of County residents. The Section <br />provides a list of wastes that may not be accepted at convenience centers, including commercial <br />waste, institutional waste, industrial waste, land clearing waste, and construction waste and <br />demolition waste. In contrast, the Ordinance specifically provides a list of materials that, if there <br />is a specifically designated area for collection, may be deposited at the Centers, including white <br />goods, furniture, yard waste and tires. These Ordinance provisions have been in effect since <br />May of 1993. <br /> <br />A recent audit of the Centers highlighted that the Ordinance was not being consistently <br />administered by some of the Solid Waste staff. The Centers have traditionally allowed a <br />“wheelbarrows” worth of construction and demolition waste to be deposited in the bulky waste <br />area as an accommodation to residential users of the sites. This amount was being <br />inconsistently applied by staff. In addition, it became apparent that construction and demolition <br />waste of a commercial nature was also being brought to the sites. Individuals that were <br />renovating homes for commercial purposes were bringing or causing large quantities of material <br />to be brought to the sites. <br /> <br />Staff’s recommendation proposes amending the Ordinance to allow for up to 36 cubic feet of <br />residential construction and demolition waste per household per day or weekend period from the <br />users’ primary residence. The goal is to support Orange County residential customers disposing <br />1