Reasons for Exemption
This approval is not a project for the purposes of CEQA (Pub Res Code Section 210000, et seq.) ("CEQA") pursuant to section 15061 (b) (3) of the CEQA guidelines (California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 15000, et seq.) as it can be seen with certainty that this approval will not result in an significant effect on the environment as there will no change in vehicle miles traveled nor any significant change in existing conditions at the primary and/or back up recycling facilities. To the extent this approval is a project within the meaning of CEQA, it is categorically exempt pursuant to section 15301, 15307 and 15308 of the CEQA guidelines. CEQA guidelines Section 15301 ("Existing Facilities") exempts actions involving negligible expansions in the use of existing private facilities. Due to the comparatively small volume of recyclable materials requiring processing under the Agreement, this approval will result in only a negligible expansion of the existing processing services provided at either the primary or back up recycling facilities. CEQA Guidelines Sections 15307 (Action by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of Natural Resources) and 15308 (Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of the Environment) exempt actions taken by regulatory agencies to assure the maintenance, restoration, or enhancement of a natural resource and/or protection of the environment, where the regulatory process involves procedures for protection of the environment. As this approval assures the diversion of recyclables from landfills, which promotes the conservation of finite natural resources and decreases pollution, green house gas emissions, and energy use associated with extracting and processing new materials, this approval is exempt from further environmental review.