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MISSION VIEJO : Workshop to Focus on Trash Reduction

A workshop to discuss the city’s state-required waste-reduction plan will be held by the City Council tonight.

The council at its 6:30 p.m. meeting will receive information from city staff on a 15-year waste-cutback plan known as the Source Reduction and Recycling Element. The document is required by the state under a law requiring cities to reduce waste by recycling and other means.

The council is expected to vote on the plan in November.

In a related matter, attorneys and auditors are reviewing records of Dewey’s Rubbish Inc. to determine whether the Irvine-based trash firm is violating terms of its waste-hauling contract with the city.

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City officials said that a city-hired auditing firm last week began checking whether the company accurately reported the amount of garbage it hauled to county dumps. Dewey’s representatives have said that their tonnage reports are based on estimates, which they say is standard practice in the industry.

The contract is being reviewed by Terry Trumbull, an environmental attorney with Richards, Watson & Gershon, a Los Angeles law firm, who will be at tonight’s workshop. Trumbull is the former chairman of the state Waste Management Board that drafted Assembly Bill 939, which mandates the waste-reduction program.


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