CAW-sponsored AB 1826 (Chesbro) and AB 1594 (Williams) both passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, and now move on to the next step in the process, the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Thank you to those who sent in support letters for the bills!
AB 1826 (Chesbro) requires commercial generators of food waste/yard trimmings (like restaurants and supermarkets) to have that material collected and recycled, similar to the recently-adopted requirements in SF/Alameda and several states in New England.
AB 1594 (Williams) finally eliminates a perverse incentive in state law that encourages the use of yard trimmings as landfill cover (ADC).
Organic waste (such as food waste and yard trimmings) makes up two-thirds of the waste stream and nearly two-thirds of that organic material is compostable. Instead of letting this valuable material rot in the ground, we need to use what we can to feed people and use the rest to feed the soil that feeds people!