Recycling Advocate: Sept. 2, 2011 Vol. 16 – Num. 7


Recycling Advocate: September 2, 2011 Volume 16 – Num. 7 

It’s crunch time. With just one more week left in the legislative session, many of CAW's top priorities are awaiting action on the floors of the Senate and Assembly.

Priority bills:
•    AB 341, Assembly Member Chesbro’s landmark recycling bill, will move California forward from landfilling to waste reduction, recycling, and composting, by establishing a statewide recycling goal of 75% and creating a business and apartment recycling program.
•    AB 1149 (Gordon) promotes plastic recycling and ensures plastic bottles recycled in CA, stay in CA for processing and remanufacturing, instead of being exported to foreign markets.
•    SB 568 (Lowenthal) would phase out expanded polystyrene, or Styrofoam, food takeout containers starting in 2016.

Legislative Update
SB 567 (DeSaulnier), the Truthful Environmental Advertising bill, would expand existing labeling laws on plastic bags and food containers to all plastic products. SB 567 passed out of the Senate and is awaiting a vote on the Assembly floor.

AB 960 (Lowenthal), which would require recyclers to conform their export practices as a condition of receiving existing recycling payments under California’s e-waste law, has been held in Senate Appropriations committee and is a now a 2-year bill. 

In the Home Stretch
AB 818 (Blumenfield), the Renters’ Right to Recycle Act, is on the Governor’s desk for a signature. Take Action! Send a letter asking Governor Brown to sign AB 818.


Check out this end of End-of Session Legislative Guide for a cheat sheet on what you can expect in the coming week.

Plastic Bags Update
In local news, the City of Salinas, Monterey County’s largest city and county seat, passed a food packaging ordinance on August 16. Food vendors will have 180 days to deplete existing Styrofoam supplies.

CAW turned 34 years old
CAW celebrated our 34th birthday on Tuesday – it was a great opportunity to recognize Senator Alan Lowenthal and Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield as Legislators of the Year for their recycling leadership. We also recognized Attorney Jim Moose for his work on the Supreme Court case for the Manhattan Beach’s bag ordinance and CalRecycle Acting Director Mark Leary as Recycling Heroes.

More than 120 recycling stakeholders supported our work. Thanks to all for your birthday contributions and support--it was a great birthday. If you would like to make a contribution, click here.


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