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City looking to build a site that better recovers materials and resources

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, October 10, 2018) - We're looking to completely re-design our transfer station - the hub where the City sorts and transfers garbage, recyclables, compost and other materials. We need your help.

Over the course of the next 9 months, our Zero Waste Division will be hosting a series of workshops and other events to get input about how the nearly 8-acre West Berkeley site should be constructed. We'll use that input to come up with prospective designs.

The eventual goal of a new site is simple: reducing what's trucked to the landfill by recovering more of what can be re-used or recycled.

Come out to our listening session to share your vision:

Transfer Station Redesign: Listening Session
November 7th, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Central Library, 3rd Floor, Community Meeting Room
2090 Kittredge St.

Built in 1982, the transfer station at Second and Gilman streets is the receiving point for all 147,000 tons of materials picked up from Berkeley's businesses and residences. The site doesn't meet the City's current needs.  

Built to handle 120 tons of waste per day, the site's volume has more than tripled in the ensuing four decades. The City's needs have also evolved since then. Re-use, recycling, composting and the diversion of other materials have grown.

There's room for improvement, including changed behaviors by residents, businesses and everyone in the community. Steps to increase diversion from landfills include reducing consumption, re-using materials and properly recycling used materials. Progress also requires changing our transfer station.

In the most recent year, there were 68,000 tons of garbage that went to the landfill.  The City's goal is to divert 90 percent of this material.

The facility could be redesigned to better sort demolition material, so that concrete, wood and other re-usable items can be re-purposed. The facility could be designed to separate more food and green waste from the landfill. We could start recycling textiles and carpet. We'd also like to make improvements to reduce the cost of recycling and re-use.

Our goal is that all items should be end up with their highest and best use. Re-use is at the top of the chain and then recycling. The landfill is our last resort.

We want your ideas. There are things we may not have considered. We'll take what we hear at these listening sessions as part of a comprehensive study to identify options for developing the site and vet them with community members and other stakeholders. The study will also provide cost estimates and financing options.

When this outreach phase is complete in July 2019, the environmental review process is expected to take up to three years. Final engineering and construction would take another three years after that.

For more information or to submit input, please contact Greg Apa, Solid Waste & Recycling Manager, (510) 981-6359 or gapa@cityofberkeley.info.

Help lead us - and all of Berkeley - toward a future with zero waste.


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