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The California State Legislature became the first in the nation to approve a plastic bag ban in August of 2014, and on September 30, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law.
Before the ink even dried, the plastic bag industry filed a referendum to repeal the law. Paid signature gatherers must collect nearly 505,000 valid signatures by the end of 2014 to qualify. This would suspend implementation of the state bag ban until the November 2016 ballot. Field reports indicate that these signature gatherers will use any means necessary to get signatures, from begging to outright lies.
Plastic bag manufacturers are desperate to stop the bag ban! According to the Secretary of State, the industry has already spent more than $3 million in this effort, with 98% of the money coming from out-of-state interests.
Learn more about the CA vs Big Plastic campaign.
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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!
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!
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.
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.
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