Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Health Services Agency


October 29, 2003


November 18, 2003



Honorable Board of Supervisors


Margaret Taylor, Director of Health Services

Brian Zamora, Director of Public Health and Environmental Protection



California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) Used Oil Block Grants



Adopt a resolution authorizing the President of the Board of Supervisors to enter into a grant agreement with the California Integrated Waste Management Board and designating the lead agency in San Mateo County to implement a regional used oil collection program



The Used Oil program provides pollution prevention education and collection opportunities to the population of San Mateo County. The Used Oil Program collects over 60,000 gallons of oil for recycling annually through collection centers located at auto repair and supply shops.


The Environmental Health Services Division (Division) has administered the Used Oil Block Grants since 1992 as the lead for the County and many of the cities, and delivers outreach, education, and oil collection opportunities to county residents. The CIWMB distributes Used Oil Block Grants to each jurisdiction based on population. The money is collected through a tax of four cents per quart of oil sold in the State of California.



With this grant funding, Division staff will continue to conduct county-wide education and outreach programs, using methods such as cable advertising, billboard and bus advertising, assembly programs in schools, outreach at community fairs, print brochures, calendars and production of other outreach materials that educate residents about oil recycling collection opportunities and pollution prevention. Staff will also notify and assist in maintaining the 1-800 CLEANUP number and website that educate the public about recycling opportunities.


The jurisdictions currently participating in the Used Oil Block Grants are: Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Mateo, San Carlos, San Bruno, South San Francisco, and Woodside. In addition to entering into the grant agreement with CIWMB, this resolution replaces Resolution No. 065445, which does not designate San Mateo County as the lead jurisdiction for oil grants. The CIWMB contract requires that San Mateo County be designated as the lead jurisdiction for no more than a five-year term.


Consistent with contract approval level limitations in County Administrative Memorandum B-1, the Director of Health Services will be authorized to execute amendments and modifications to this agreement, not to exceed $25,000 in aggregate. The Director of Health Services will also be authorized to sign any and all other documents necessary to secure grant funds and implement the grant project.


Vision Alignment

The Used Oil Block Grants with CIWMB keep the commitment of ensuring basic health and safety for all and goal number 7: maintain and enhance the public safety of all residents and visitors. The grants contribute to this commitment and goal by providing the necessary monies to implement environmental programs.


Fiscal Impact

The total amount of the Used Oil Block Grants is $202,450 for FY 2003-04; this amount has been included in the approved budget for Environmental Health. Subsequent grant amounts will be included in recommended budgets for FY 2004-05 through FY 2008-09. There is no net county cost.