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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
DATE: DECEMBER 7, 2004
SUBJECT: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE/ ELECTRONICS WASTE ROUND-UP SITING LIABILITY AGREEMENT WITH LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Staff Coordinator: Lauren Ramezani, Sr. Administrative Analyst
Authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the attached Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic 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 7, 2005, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes (RPV) will be co-hosting its free annual Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste (HHW/E-Waste) Round-Up at the City Hall/City Yard facility sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of 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.
This will be the third year that this roundup will also accept electronic waste. Now items such as unwanted computers, TVs, telephones, VCRs and fax machines will also be collected. These events have been 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 City newsletter article, City website, press releases, and the City listserv. Staff has contacted the neighboring cities and the County will place ads in local newspapers. This is another of the City's continued efforts in implementing its Source Reduction and Recycling Element (SRRE) programs.
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.
There will be a cost of approximately $1,000 of City staff time to organize and publicize this event and prepare the City Yard area for this roundup. The cost will be paid out of the Waste Reduction Fund.
Dean E. Allison, Director of Public Works
Les Evans, City Manager