AB 3056 (Hancock, 2005-06) Bottle Bill Program Funding - Support

This measure will expand recycling in California by increasing market-based incentives for consumers, recyclers, and end-users of beverage container glass, plastic and aluminum without increasing costs to consumers, local government or taxpayers. 

Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 3056 on Sept. 30, 2006. 

California's Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, provides consumers with a 4 cent refund value (8 cents for larger containers) recycling covered beverage containers. The bill is also aimed at modifying funding provisions under the California Bottle Bill in light of growing revenue surpluses (estimated at $65 million annually). To help increase recycling, AB 3056, will:

  • Increase consumer refund values to 5 cents on January 1, without increasing consumer redemption payments;
  • Expand the successful Quality Incentive Payment program for all container types in order to increase the recovery and quality of materials collected thru curbside programs;
  • Establish a market development payment program for plastic containers in order to increase the utilization of recycled plastic by re-processors and manufacturers in California;
  • Expand the market development grant program to assist processors and manufacturers in upgrading facilities and processes for the utilization of materials collected for recycling;
  • Update the funding system for supermarket-based recycling centers based on the actual survey cost of recycling;
  • Provide $5 million in grants to local governments to establish and expand multi-family recycling;
  • Provide $10 million in recycling center incentives to increase recycling levels;
  • Provide increased support for the recycling and litter reduction efforts of Local Conservation Corps;
  • Reduce Beverage Producer payments under the program by more than $20 million in 2007 based on a commitment to expend a portion of that savings on advertising to promote recycling in California.

The Key Point of Contention. 
All remaining stakeholder issues have been resolved. AB 3056 is jointly supported by local governments, recyclers, processors, beverage producers and container manufacturers, and environmental groups.

CAW Staff Contact: Mark Murray

Current Actions: NONE

Sample Organizational Support Letter : To better help track letter campaigns, please fax a copy of your letter to CAW at 916-443-3912 or e-mail a copy to the CAW staff contact.

Californians Against Waste
California Nevada Soft Drink Association
Coalition of Independent Recyclers
Glass Packaging Institute
Regional Council of Rural Counties
Tomra Pacific, Inc.
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Allan Company
Waste Management


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