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Conversion Technologies: What Are They?
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Conversion Technologies do not "Recycle"
Conversion technology facilities do not recycle in the traditional sense. Unlike a glass recycler, for instance, which takes post consumer collected glass bottles and recycles them back into bottles; most CT facilities are designed to turn materials into fuels which by their nature can only be used once and then the resource is destroyed.
Despite the lack of experience with these technologies, proponents have spent the last couple of years working to have their "black box" technologies classified as recycling and therefore count toward diversion under AB 939, the law that requires all jurisdictions within the state to divert 50% of their waste from landfills. Recently, several conversion technology industry members have agreed to drop the diversion issue until facilities have proven to be beneficial.
CAW strongly believes there is no basis for counting these technologies as recycling at this time. Diversion credit is the ultimate incentive, providing a virtual state mandate for these facilities.
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