Adopted by the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Wednesday, February 5, 2014
WHEREAS Alameda County is committed to reducing waste by increasing diversion of organics and recyclables and reaching this goal is dependent upon the provision of quality recycling and green waste services to all residents of the County, including those who live in multi-family buildings, and also is vital to ensuring the health and welfare of our communities and our planet; and
WHEREAS recycling workers, who do the dirty, difficult and often dangerous job of processing recyclables provide an essential public service and deserve affordable family health insurance and a family-supporting wage that will allow them also to contribute more to the local economy; and
WHEREAS cities like San Francisco have successfully implemented source-separated organics programs for all residents, including those in multi-unit buildings, and the City of Fremont has shown by example that it is possible to raise wages significantly for recycling workers with only a tiny rate increase for residents.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee (ACDCC) calls on the City of Oakland to provide a mandatory third bin for source-separated organic waste to all their residents, including residents in multi-family buildings;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the ACDCC calls on the City of Oakland and all other municipalities in Alameda County to ensure that their waste, recycling, and organics collection service providers pay their workers family-supporting wages comparable to what workers in Fremont, San Jose and San Francisco currently earn or are scheduled to earn and all other municipalities in Alameda County and provide affordable family health coverage to all employees.