Dear Friends and Neighbor, It is our mission to fight the environmental injustice and push for odor abatement in the South Bay. One important activity we do is to work with government agencies to enforce regulations. As experience has taught us, we need to pay close attention every step of the way.
In this update, we will share with you the latest about Newby’s composting operation, and why and how you should file complaints with government authorities.
Newby’s Static Pile Composting, Its Risks, and Our Requests
Newby's composting operation has probably been the biggest offender to our air quality. As the result of a class action litigation, that operation has been ordered to be converted to the Covered Aerated Static Pile (CASP). Feel free to google this term, and you will be pleased.
However, things can still go wrong in many ways. With those gigantic piles of organic material sitting on a high open ground and prevailing wind blowing our way, one single leak can turn our beautiful city to smell worse than a cow town.
San Jose LEA, the local enforcement agency for CalRecycle, the governing body for solid waste operations, has been willfully ignoring the myriads of complaints we filed by phone and online. Recently, this agency has hired a new supervisor, and we took the opportunity to address our specific concerns. Our very own Ms L. has done the heavy lifting and written a compelling letter to both San Jose LEA and CalRecycle to demand specific conditions to be included in Newby's CASP permit. Her letter is attached at the end of this message.
Everyone Can and Should Help
Every progress we make is because of your support. The government officials are willing to talk to us because the number of your complaints weighed in.
We ask you to raise your standards for our environmental well being. Try to report whenever and wherever you smell foul air. For landfill odor, call Odor Hotline at (800) 334-6367 For composting odor, file the CalEPA online form. Make sure to select "Solid Waste" on the form.
It takes more than a town to change the way things are done. Only with a mounting evidence based on the complaint number can we ask for more measures from the authorities. We are also pushing for odorous gas meters installed at selected sites to monitor air quality from that perspective. We dream of a day when BAAQMD (Bay Area Air Quality Management District) will publish H2S readings in our area.
So, please keep reporting. Spread the words and get more people to call and file. Tell people we don't have to live with this. Tell everyone we deserve better. ...
At the Dec 2016 SJ Planning commission meeting, Yesney one of the commissioners tried to bring in morality as an argument. However, she must not have realized that Milpitas pollution burden is the greatest in SF Bay area communities. She also should have realized that Santa Clara County had excess landfill capacity. The moral action should have been to reject Newby's Landfill Expansion, allow the dump to close, and allow Milpitas to breath freely with cleaner air. Instead SJ politics took over and SJ continues to pollute Milpitas with San Jose's garbage and sewage. ...
Milpitas Residents: Wondering when your current carts will be exchanged for Milpitas Sanitation collection carts and how to get rid of your empty personal collection containers (garbage cans)?
Please refer to the flyer below and visit our translatable cart delivery information webpage for all the details: www.milpitassanitation.com/residential/newcartdelivery/.
Please remember to choose your garbage cart size by Sept 30th, You can make your selection 3 ways as indicated in the brochure that was mailed to your homes. See the following website for more info: www.milpitassanitation.com/...
Last November, we successfully passed Measure L in favor of a new garbage deal and ended Republic Services' long monopolistic reign in Milpitas. The new service starts in December 2017.
However, supporters of Republic Services are actively lobbying our city council and vocal on social media against this new garbage service.
We need your support to increase public awareness to understand the new service benefits:
1. No longer contribute our garbage to the odor coming from Newby Landfill, Compost and Recyclery 2. Get Republic Services' big money politics out of our city. 3. Better garbage services than ever before, such as free pick up of large items right from our curb. 4. Finally puts Milpitas on track to comply with California recycling regulations.
Recycling, food waste separation and "Pay as You Throw" may be a new concept to those in Milpitas but they are common practices for most Bay Area cities.
Please participate in upcoming community meetings to learn more and support the new service:
Barbara Lee Senior Center Saturday 10-11am on 9/9, 9/23, 11/4 Wednesday 6-7pm on 9/13
All Newby Island-related litigations was defunded following 5/2/17 announcement even though the City Attorney now appear to claim otherwise. Had it not been for residents' insistence to pursue litigation, we doubt the council would have brought in the outside legal counsel to help them re-evaluate their position. Unfortunately, the council had already let the clock run out to challenge San Jose Planning Commission's permit decision directly. Only time will tell if the right decision was made.
Within 48 hours since its launch, the petition to ask the council to pursue litigation on San Jose over Newby Landfill expansion has garnered more than 1,000 signers. Please sign it if you haven't and forward to your neighborhood. ...
With the decision by San Jose to expand the landfill by 100 feet to 245 feet and until 2041, we must act now or the nuisance will only further worsen.
The City of Milpitas is the only entity that is able to file the lawsuit that can possibly overturn the expansion permit, but must do so before June 3rd.
1. Sign our petition to the council. goo.gl/Uhnte8
2. Email all council members and mayor. Tell them to act now and have the courage to confront San Jose's decision
Anthony Phan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Nunez - email@example.com
Gary Barbadillo - firstname.lastname@example.org
Marsha Grilli - email@example.com
Rich Tran - firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Attend the council meeting tonight (5/16) at 7pm at the Milpitas City Hall. Bring signs, bring your family and friends, and please be ready to address the council during the open forum session.
One thing is certain: if we do not all act now, the landfill will be expanded. Encourage your neighbors, friends and family to also act on it:
Thank you for your dedication to make Milpitas a better place for our families, neighbors, and communities.