California Integrated Waste Management Board
|California Integrated Waste Management Board|
Logo of CIWMB
|Headquarters||1001 I Street Sacramento, California|
|Parent agency||California Environmental Protection Agency|
The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) was a state agency of California dealing with the recycling and waste reduction. The CIWMB was created by California Assembly Bill (AB) 939 which became law in 1989. It was abolished as of January 1, 2010. The CIWMB's duties and responsibilities were transferred to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.
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 established in 1989 under AB 939 introduced by Byron Sher of the California State Assembly and signed into law by Governor George Deukmejian.
The CIWMB was one of six agencies under the California Environmental Protection Agency (abbreviated Cal/EPA, to distinguish it from the federal (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency). 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.
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.
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; Schwarzenegger signed SB 63 into law in July 2009.
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- Edgar, Evan. An unusual obituary: the Integrated Waste Management Board. Capitol Weekly (Sacramento, CA), November 12, 2009.
- Text of Senate Bill 63 as signed into law on July 28, 2009.
- Ursery, Stephen. Adios, CIWMB? Waste Age, February 1, 2005.