AB 341 would create green jobs by expanding recycling to every multi-family dwelling and business and would charge CalRecycle with the responsibility for ensuring that the state is recycling at least 75% of the garbage that it generates by 2020.
Position and Status.
UPDATE! Governor Brown Signed AB 341!
AB 341 (by Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro) is a landmark piece of legislation that will move California forward from landfilling to waste reduction, recycling, and composting, by creating a commercial recycling program and setting a bold goal for the state's waste reduction efforts.
While local diversion efforts have largely focused on residential recycling, there is still a large untapped recycling opportunity in the commercial sector, which comprises two-thirds of California’s waste stream. For example, California as a whole diverts 58% of its waste but large office buildings divert only 7%. More than half of the material disposed at these buildings consists of readily recyclable paper and cardboard. Other businesses also recycle at far lower rates than the rest of the state. Every day that these materials go to landfills represents a wasted opportunity to conserve our natural resources, reduce greenhouse gases, and create local green jobs. This bill finally expands recycling to the underserved apartment and business sectors.
In addition, this bill will build on the success of California's landmark 1989 recycling legislation (AB 939), which requires each city and county to cut their garbage in half by the year 2000, by directing CalRecycle to increase statewide diversion to 75% by 2020.
CAW Staff Contacts.
Nick Lapis (916) 443-5422
Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro
State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814
Californians Against Waste
Advanced Distribution Company
Amador Valley Industries
America California Bank
Andrew S. Rose
Atlas disposal Industries
Blue Line Transfer, Inc.
Bridgeport Sales & Service
Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc.
California Coastal Protection Network
California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health
California Refuse Recycling Council
California Resource Recovery Association
California League of Conservation Voters
Center for Biological Diversity
City of Encinitas
City of San Jose
Humboldt Waste Management Authority
California Waste Recovery Systems
Clover Flat Landfill & Recycling
Commercial Fleet Services, Inc.
Concord Disposal Service
Consolidated Fabricators Corp.
Davis Waste Removal Co., Inc
Desert Valley Disposal, Inc.
Discovery Bay Disposal
East Bay Sanitary Co., Inc.
EDCO Waste & Recycling Services
Freeman & Williams, LLP
Fremont Recycling & Transfer Station
Green Hassen Janks
Los Angeles County Waste Management Assn
Marin Resource Recovery
Planning and Conservation League
National Resources Defense Council
Sierra Club California
Stopwaste.org (Alameda County Waste Management Authority)
Tamalpais Nature Works
Marin Sanitary Service
Napa Recycling & Waste Services, LLC
Northern Recycling & Waste Services, LLC
Olympic Wire & Equipment
Palm Springs Disposal Services
Palo Verde Valley Disposal Service
Peninsula Sanitary Service
Pleasanton Garbage Service, Inc.
Rainbow Disposal Co., Inc.
Rehrig Pacific Company
Rio Vista Sanitation Service
Sacramento Recycling & Transfer Station
Schaefer Systems International
Soft-Pak Integrated Software Solutions
Solid Waste Association of Orange County
Solid Waste Insurance Managers
South Lake Refuse & Recycling
South San Francisco Scavenger Company
Southern California Disposal & Recycling
Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling
Stockton Tri Industries
Tiger Lines LLC
Truck Lubrication Co., Inc
Turlock Scavenger Company
Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling
Varner & Son, Inc.
Varner Bros., Inc.
Waste Connections, Inc.
Western Baler & Conveyor
Westhoff, Cone & Holmstedt