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February 2009 - In This Issue

Recent GBB

In the past few months, GBB has been selected for several new assignments, including:

FleetRoute Route Optimization Service Bureau
Emerald Coast Utilities
Authority, Pensacola, FL

C&D Webinar
Lorman Education Services

Assistance for Solid Waste Management Systems and
Technologies and Public Infrastructure Projects

Virgin Islands Waste
Management Authority
(as a subcontractor to
the Maguire Group, Inc.)

We appreciate the opportunity to assist these clients with their needs.

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GBB will be present at the following industry events. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Southeast Recycling Conference & Tradeshow
Destin, FL
March 1-4, 2009

Harvey Gershman, Speaker
"Alternative Technologies
to Landfilling"

C&D World
Tampa, FL
March 22-25, 2009
Exhibitor - Booth # 132

National Demolition Association Convention
Orlando, FL
April 5-8, 2009
Exhibitor - Booth # 115

North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
Chantilly, VA
May 18-20, 2009
Exhibitor/Sponsor - Booth # 109

SWANA's Landfill Planning & Management Symposium
Savannah, GA
June 1-5, 2009

Harvey Gershman, Speaker
"The Resurgence of Waste-To-Energy and Conversion Technologies"

Visit the conference / tradeshow section of our Website for a continuously updated list of events!

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Fast Growing City of Santa Monica Aiming at 70% Solid
Waste Diversion by Year 2010

GBB Assisted in Strategic Review and Procurement of Solid Waste Services

FleetThe City of Santa Monica, CA, currently has a population of 92,000, which is projected to increase by nearly 40% in the next 10 years. The City is comprised of 8.3 square miles with a balance of vibrant commercial districts and neighboring residential communities. It is bordered by the City of Los Angeles on three sides and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

The results achieved by the procurement are
increased recycling, reduced
environmental impacts and
improved efficiency
of solid waste

The City currently provides all solid waste services within Santa Monica, servicing approximately 8,000 single-family residences, 42,000 multi-family residences, and over 2,500 businesses, except for construction and demolition waste collection, recycling and disposal. The Year 2010 goals of the City's Sustainability Program are not to exceed 2000 waste generation levels and to increase solid waste diversion to 70%.

For the last five years, GBB has been assisting the City in advancing its ambitious solid waste program. In July 2006, GBB completed the evaluation of then-current solid waste service delivery methods, finances and rates, and identified and evaluated alternative methods of structuring services and rates. At the time, Santa Monica's solid waste services
received mostly positive reviews in the City's biennial resident satisfaction survey, but the fund balance of the Solid Waste Department was declining.

GBB assisted City staff in identifying potential alternative service delivery models and presented them for City Council
consideration. Armed with a clear understanding of their options, the City Council examined the long-range policy implications of the alternative service delivery models and provided specific direction about what models to address in the future.

In January 2007, the City issued two requests for proposals (RFP) to:

  1. rationalize the commercial collections of waste in the City, and

  2. provide expanded recycling processing and transfer services/facilities.

Proposals were received and evaluated for the commercial collection resulting in the selection of the City Solid Waste
Management Division being awarded the service in October 2007 by the City Council. The Council also instructed the City Manager to negotiate a public-private partnership with the proposers for the recycling and transfer services.

Click here (select Item 8-B) for a video stream of the presentation to the City Council and a detailed City staff report.

These negotiations were concluded with Allan Company and Southern California Disposal (SCD), contracts presented to the Council and approved in November 2008.

The results achieved by the procurement are increased recycling, reduced environmental impacts and improved efficiency of solid waste management.

Related Web Links:

>> Detailed City Staff Report
>> Press Release

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Speaker's Corner
"MRF Operations and Revenue"
Presentation by Harvey Gershman


This presentation, given by Harvey Gershman, GBB President, was provided as part of a panel session highlighting how additional resource value can be recovered from Material Recovery Facilities.

The panel discussed processing enhancements driven by strong materials values to increase recycling rates and benefit the public.

The panel session took place at the California Resource Recovery Association's 2008 Conference held in August 2008 in Burlingame, CA.

Click here for an overview of the presentation.

Related Web Links:

>> Harvey Gershman's Profile

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