California Integrated Waste Management Board
Logo of CIWMB
|Headquarters||1001 I Street Sacramento, California|
|Parent agency||California Environmental Protection Agency|
The predecessor of the CIWMB was the State Solid Waste Management Board (established 1972), which was renamed the California Waste Management Board in 1982.
The CIWMB was one of six agencies under the California Environmental Protection Agency (abbreviated Cal/EPA, to distinguish it from the federal United States Environmental Protection Agency—EPA). The CIWMB was led by a six-member policy-making Board. Four members of the Board were appointed by the governor, and each branch of the Legislature made one appointment. Board terms ran for up to four years.
The stated mission of the CIWMB was to "promote the reduction of waste whenever possible; to manage all materials to their highest and best use; and to protect public health and safety and the environment."
When the CIWMB was established, California diverted only 10 percent of solid waste out of landfills and into recycling and/or reuse projects. By 2007, the waste diversion rate had increased to 58 percent. The CIWMB's cooperative efforts with California's local jurisdictions (counties and municipalities) in furtherance of AB 939's mandate to reach 50 percent waste diversion contributed to the rise.
The CIWMB worked to implement programs to seek "a higher and better use" for an estimated 92 million tons of waste generated each year in California. Specifically, the CIWMB provided grants and loans that helped California's recycling industry; used incentive grants and loans to help spur the private sector into developing new markets for recycled materials; cleaned up solid waste disposal sites; and cleared illegal waste tire disposal sites. The CIWMB also regulated California landfills; promoted the proper disposal of used motor oil; promoted the reuse and recycling of electronic waste; coordinated the safe disposal of sharps waste; and encouraged the purchase of environmentally preferable devices.
CIWMB established a reputation as a international leader in waste and recycling policy. In 2001, it became the first government agency to adopt "Zero Waste" as a strategic goal.
In 2005, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed to eliminate the CIWMB as well as 87 other state boards and commissions. California State Senator Tony Strickland introduced Senate Bill (SB) 63 in January 2009 to dissolve the CIWMB; Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 63 into law in July 2009. The California Integrated Waste Management Board—CIWMB became defunct on January 1, 2010.
California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
The CIWMB was replaced by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle, also under the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), in January 2010.  In addition, the functions of the beverage container recycling deposit/California Redemption Value (CRV) programs established by the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act (AB 2020, Margolin - 1986), or "Bottle Bill," were consolidated from California Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling into the new CalRecycle.
Caroll Mortensen is the current Director of CalRecycle, was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in October 2011, and confirmed unanimously by the state senate in May 2012.  As director, Ms. Mortensen leads efforts on waste reduction and recycling as well as oversight of waste disposal in order to protect public health and the environment. Ken DeRosa is current Chief Deputy Director of CalRecycle and was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in November 2012.
In January 2010, Margo Reid Brown, who was Board Chair under the previous CIMWB structure, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the first Chief Deputy Director and Acting Director of CalRecycle. When Margo Reid Brown left CalRecycle in January 2011, CalRecycle Deputy Director (and Executive Director of the former CIWMB from 2001 to 2010) Mark Leary served as Acting Chief Deputy Director and Acting Director of CalRecycle. In February 2012, Mr. Leary was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. as Chief Deputy Director of CalRecycle and continued to serve as Acting Director of CalRecycle until Caroll Mortensen was appointed.
Instead of monthly meetings of a Board and Sub-Committees as was done under the CIWMB structure, CalRecycle holds a Monthly Public Meeting in the Byron Sher Auditorium at 1001 I Street in Sacramento with a live audio broadcast available. CalRecycle Monthly Public Meetings provide an overview of many important pending and recently-made decisions, updates about ongoing department projects and work activities, and a general report from the Director of CalRecycle.
- California Environmental Protection Agency
- California Redemption Value
- California Green Lodging Program
- Index of recycling articles
- United States Environmental Protection Agency
- 3,000 mile myth
- Waste reduction
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- Text of Senate Bill 63 as signed into law on July 28, 2009.
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