Yesterday was a busy one for The Milpitas Smell, a topic my nostrils have forced me to grow passionate about. Since recent data has shown that almost 100% of the people in Milpitas have noses, I continue to be convinced that I’m not alone in this… In the morning, the City of Milpitas Engineeri
I appreciated that Milpitas City Manager Julie Edmonds-Mares and Assistant City Manager Ashwini Kantak came by to see me on Friday. We have been advocating for much stricter enforcement of air quality standards by the BAAQMD. I was happy to hear that in the past year there have been substantially less complaints about landfill odor issues. We have made much progress, but there is more work to do. We also discussed maintenance of Caltrans property, BART updates and potential transportation improvements in the area. ...
The Milpitas Beat sums it up well. Election season is here. We look forward to supporting candidates who are committed and have pragmatic solutions (not empty promises) to fixing the odor nuisance.OPINION: We Must Get Rid of the Smell ... Read here: milpitasbeat.com/opinion-we-must-get-rid-of-the-smell/...
Here are key updates from South Bay Odor Stakeholders Group quarterly meeting on 7/19/18.
Odor complaints ============ 434 complaints were recorded from April to June 2018, > 2x higher than previous quarter, with majority between 6pm-10pm. The QoQ increase is a concern especially after a steady drop from 2015 to 2018.
BAAQMD has designated inspectors for evening-night shift. Inspectors have confirmed and traced complaints to ZWED and Newby Island. LEA now requires Republic Services to complete uncovered green waste processing before 4pm.
BAAQMD explained that while every odor complaint is counted, the low confirmation rate is caused by slow inspector response time and the transient nature of odor, not by a lack of validity of the complaints. BAAQMD inspectors have to serve multiple counties and are positioned 20 minutes away from Milpitas.
Participation: ========== Representatives from local government (Milpitas, Fremont, San Jose), state government (Assembly District 25, Senate District 10), federal government (17th congressional district), community members, regulatory agencies (BAAQMD, LEA/CalRecycle) and local odor generator (Newby Island/Republic Services) were present.
San Jose City sent a rep for the 1st time ever. North SJ councilman also sent 2 reps for the 1st time. ...
Common wishcycled items that do not belong in your Blue Split Recyclables Cart include chip/snack packaging, film plastic, plastic plates/cups/cutlery and expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam). If you have Styrofoam packaging material of which you need to dispose, check your local packaging delivery store to see if they accept donations!
Don’t forget statewide target is 75% recycling by 2020.
City of Milpitas, City Government Start a new groove - get into the habit of checking what's accepted in each cart before you throw something away. Find out how at ReduceWaste.org/RecycleRight. Talented dancer and choreographer Madi from San Jose developed this routine to help us promote recycling right. Paper is still found in trash – please recycle all of your paper.