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Next step to build a site that better recovers materials and resources

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, January 02, 2019) - Community members told us their visions for creating a new transfer station to reduce waste. Now, we’re looking for you to come help translate those ideas onto paper.

People have given us a range of hopes such as improving hazardous waste drop-off, creating an education center, starting an artist in residence program, having the 8-acre site use no more electricity than it creates, and improving recycling drop-off.

At a set of three workshops, we’ll start taking those ideas, use diagrams of what they’ll look like and have attendees start placing it on site plans. We’ll analyze and explain the impact of those ideas on a second night and then recap on the third.

The City’s goal is simple: if we recover more of what can be re-used or recycled, we slash what Berkeley trucks to mountains of garbage already at landfills.

Come to the James Kenney Community Center, 1720 8th Street:

  • Session 1: ideas to paper
    Wednesday, January 16: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Session 2: analyze first night’s outcomes
    Thursday, January 17: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Session 3: Recap
    Friday, January 18: 9:00am – 12:00pm

This intensive three (3) day session is called the “Charrette” process, a collaborative session in which a group of designers, community members and stakeholders drafts a solution to a design problem. The general idea of a charrette is to create an innovative atmosphere in which this group of stakeholders can collaborate to "generate visions for the future".

The goal for these three day sessions will be to fully thresh out at least two (2) options for the City’s Solid Waste & Recycling Transfer Station to then start the process for a more detailed potential facility and equipment layouts. We’ll come back with a more detailed of these possibilities in a few months.

The overarching goal for the transfer station design is to maximize re-use, then recycling and for landfills to be our last resort.

The City needs your ideas. There are things we may not have considered. We’ll take what we hear at these Charrette sessions as part of a comprehensive study to identify options for developing the site and vet them with community members and other stakeholders. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

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 an additional three years.

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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