The 2015-2016 session of the California legislature presents an opportunity for our state to lead the way on several issues related to recycling, water pollution and other areas critical to a healthy environment.
AB 888 (Bloom) would ban the sale of plastic microbeads contained in toothpaste, facial scrubs and other personal care products. The tiny pieces of plastic are dumped into oceans and fresh water sources by the trillions. They absorb environmental toxins before they are consumed by fish and wildlife, polluting our food chain. This bill has been approved by the Assembly Committees on Natural Resources and Appropriations and awaits a vote on the Assembly floor. Please check out this wonderful video produced by AB 888 co-sponsor the Story of Stuff Project and Click Here for More Information.
SB 778 (Allen) would improve standards for automotive oil so that drivers would only have to change their oil every 10,000 miles. This would save consumers money by reducing oil changes by half or more, reduce engine wear and increase gas mileage by 2-3 percent. In terms of air pollution emissions, a 2-3 percent increase in gas mileage in California would be the equivalent of taking a half a million cars off the roads. This bill was approved by the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality on April 30, 2015 but was held in the Senate Committee on Appropriations. Click Here for More Information.
AB 199 (Eggman) would provide a sales and use tax exemption on recycling equipment as well as manufacturing equipment that uses recycled material. With new equipment to process recyclable material into new, marketable projects, California businesses would be able to increase the demand for recyclable material. AB 199 has received bipartisan support in the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources. The Bill is expected to be heard in the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation. Click Here for More Information.
AB 1447 (Alejo) would set a 10% minimum recycled content for PET (plastic) food and beverage containers and extend the current 35% minimum recycled content on glass currently applied to in-state manufacturers to all glass bottles filled or manufactured in state. This would increase demand for the materials that Californians recycle every day. Cheap global oil prices are encouraging the use of 'virgin' materials and increasing destructive mining and air pollution associated with their production. This bill was approved by the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources but was held in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. Click Here for More Information.
AB 1239 (Atkins, Gordon) would reform incentive payments to increase the state's stagnant recycling rate and allow recyclers to compete with disposal, export and illegal dumping alternatives. This would help expand the state's tire recycling infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gases, create jobs, and cut the statewide and local costs associated with tire cleanup. The Assembly approved this bill on June 2, 2015 and now goes to the Senate. Click Here for More Information.