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Californians Against Waste Wednesday December 17, 2014

Hot Issues

Plastic Bag Ban, Sb 270

Governor Brown Signs Nation’s First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban!

On September 30, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 270 into law, making California the first state to enact a law against single-use plastic bags. 

“This bill is a step in the right direction – it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” said Governor Brown in a released statement. “We’re the first to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last.”

Read more in our press release

What others are saying about the bag bill:

Governor Jerry Brown's press release 

Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird's statement

Joint press release from SB 270 authors, Senator Padilla, Senator de Leon, and Senator Lara

Assemblymember Marc Levine's press release

Latino Coalition for a California Bag Ban press release

Environment CA press release

Heal the Bay press release

Get the Facts: Everything You Need to Know about Plastic Bags & the Bag Ban.

FAQs - Living Without Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags

Plastic Bag Industry Referendum: What To Do If You Spot A Paid Signature Gatherer






icon_caw_top_priority Our Top Priority Legislation

AB 1826 (Chesbro) - Organics Recycling

Summary. AB 1826 will drive the recycling of yard trimming and food scraps by requiring commercial generators to subscribe to composting or anaerobic digestion service for their organic waste. 

Position and Status. AB 1826 is sponsored by CAW. It has passed the legislature and been signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Update: Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1826 into law!

AB 1594 (Williams) Compostable Organics Management

Summary. AB 1594 (Williams) will eliminate a loophole in state law that allows some yard trimmings and prunings that are used as landfill cover to count as being “diverted” from landfills. This state law virtually subsidizes the landfilling of this valuable material and is a major disincentive for recycling organics.

Position and Status. AB 1594 is sponsored by CAW. It has passed the legislature and been signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Update: Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1594 into law!

SB 270 (Padilla, de León, and Lara) Single Use Grocery Bags

Summary Phases out single-use plastic grocery bags. Reusable, paper, and (in certain jurisdictions) compostable plastic bags can only be distributed with a minimum 10 cent charge. Includes standards and incentives for plastic bag manufacturers to transition to making reusable bags.

Position and Status

Update: Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 270 into law!  


Californians Against Waste is recognized as one of the nation's leading non-profit environmental research and advocacy organizations focusing on resource conservation and pollution prevention through waste reduction and recycling. The organization's 37 year history and track record of accomplishments has demonstrated it to be principled, practical, creative and effective. Find out more about CAW.