AB 323 presents a package of policies that will drive the recycling of yard trimming and food scraps, not only resulting in a reduction of pollution and greenhouse gases, but also creating jobs and supporting a burgeoning industry.
Position and Status.
CAW Supports. 323 was held in Assembly Appropriations.
Returning organic materials to soils drastically reduces the environmental impacts of landfills, reduces greenhouse gases, creates jobs, and helps sustain California's agricultural industry.
Despite California's robust recycling infrastructure for traditional recyclables, the state continues to landfill organic materials, such as yard trimmings and food scraps, at an alarming rate. In fact, food is the most prevalent item in our waste stream and a third of the material going to landfills is readily compostable.
It doesn't have to be this way. With strong policy leadership and a shift away from laws that incentivize the landfilling of this valuable material, California can become a leader in the recycling of organics.
AB 323 would:
Sample support letters:
CAW Staff Contacts.
Nick Lapis (916) 443-5422
Biodegradable Products Institute
California Biomass Energy Alliance
California Climate and Agriculture Network
California Coastal Protection Network
California Compost Coalition
California League of Conservation Voters
California Resource Recovery Association
Californians Against Waste
Center for Biological Diversity
City and County of San Francisco
Coalition for Clean Air
FEED Resource Recovery
F.M. Booth Mechanical
Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
Harvest Power Inc.
Humboldt Waste Management Authority
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Lyles Construction Group
Marin County Hazardous and Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority
Napa Recycling and Waste Services
Natural Resources Defense Council
Northern California Recycling Association
Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc.
Planning and Conservation League
Regatta Solutions, Inc.
Sierra Club California
Stanford Recycling Center Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc.
US Composting Council