Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

DATE: MARCH 18, 2003

SUBJECT: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE/ ELECTRONICS WASTE ROUND-UP SITING LIABILITY AGREEMENT WITH LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Staff Coordinator: Lauren Ramezani, Sr. Administrative Analyst

RECOMMENDATION

Authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the attached Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Waste Collection Program Siting Liability Agreement with the County of Los Angeles and County Sanitation District No. 2 of Los Angeles County.

BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION

On May 17, 2003, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes (RPV) will be co-hosting its free annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Round-Up at the City Hall/City Yard facility sponsored by the Los Angeles County Public Works and the County Sanitation District No. 2. Since 1996, these City-held HHW round-ups have been an excellent and convenient opportunity for residents of RPV and neighboring cities to properly dispose of household hazardous waste material.

Fortunately, this will be the first year that this roundup will also accept electronics waste. Now items such as unwanted computers, TVs, telephones and fax machines will also be collected. Prior to that, the City held two City-sponsored electronics/computer recycling (E-Waste) events in October 2001 and November 2002. The cost was paid out of the Solid Waste fund. These events were very successful, because starting November 2001, computer and TV monitors are considered "universal waste", are no longer disposed in landfills and have not been picked up by trash haulers.

Staff will publicize this free event through a billing insert, City newsletter article, City website, press releases, Channel three reader board and the City listserv. Staff has already contacted the neighboring cities and the County will place ads in local newspapers.

The attached agreement will hold-harmless the City of RPV against any liability claims that may result from the HHW/E-Waste round-up activities taking place on City-owned property, and shifts the liability to the County of Los Angeles. The agreement has been reviewed and approved by the City Attorney’s office.

FISCAL IMPACT

There will be a cost of approximately $1,000 of City staff time to organize this event and

prepare the City Yard area for this roundup. The cost will be paid for out of the Solid Waste Fund.

Respectfully Submitted:

Dean E. Allison, Director of Public Works

Reviewed by:

Les Evans, City Manager

Attachment: Agreement