Gonzales Grows Green (G3)
The City of Gonzales has committed to being a Sustainable Community. A "sustainable community" is one whose prospects for long-term health are good. Its residents and businesses do not deplete the resources that they depend on faster than those resources can be replenished.
The G3 mindset includes:
- Respect for basic rights and the recognition of basic responsibilities
- Living within ecological carrying capacity
- Equal opportunities for individual development
- A diverse economic base
- A vibrant democracy with informed and involved residents
- The protection of natural diversity
- Improving the standard of living
- Maximizing the use of people's abilities
- Minimizing the use of natural resources
In 1989, California Assembly Bill 939, known as the Integrated Waste Management Act, was passed because of the increase in the state's waste stream and the decrease in its landfill capacity. As a result, the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) (now known as Cal Recycle) was established. A disposal reporting system with CalRecycle oversight was established, and facility and program planning was required. AB939 mandates a reduction of waste being disposed through diversion and recycling activities. Jurisdictions were required to meet diversion goals of 25% by 1995 and 50% by the year 2000. In 2011, AB341 went into effect making commercial recycling mandatory for any business that generates four cubic yards or more of waste per week. This includes multi-family complexes and apartment buildings.
Through CalRecycle, the State of California is now working to increase mandated landfill diversion goals from 50% to 75%. The City of Gonzales, its residents and businesses are responsible for achieving these diversion goals in our community. Communities who do not achieve their diversion goals can be fined up to $10,000.00 per day for each day the goal goes unmet. The City of Gonzales, with support from Tri-Cities Disposal & Recycling and Salinas Valley Recycles, works to assist residents and businesses to achieve these goals through public works programs, education and outreach programs, special events, and the development of public policies and ordinances that address this issue.
The City of Gonzales is accountable to the State of California in compiling an annual report which the City has titled AB939 Source Reduction & Recycling Element. The City has additionally chosen to provide supplemental documentation to highlight our outstanding community efforts to comply with state law. The report and supporting documentation for the the current year's reporting period can be found below. A hard copy of this information is also on file at Gonzales City Hall. It is recommended that an appointment be made by calling 831-675-5000 for those who wish to review this information at City Hall.