May 21 - Californians Recycle Record High Level of Containers

The California Department of Conservation has just announced that California has reached a record-high recycling level. 14.7 billion beverage containers were recycled by Californians in 2007, a 50% increase from just five years ago.

Recycling levels have been boosted by increased environmental awareness about the necessity to conserve recourses and also by last year's CAW-sponsored AB 3056 (Hancock) which increased refund values to five and ten cents. Among other benefits, these new high recycling levels have prevented the emissions of over 2 million tons of atmospheric CO2.

CAW and the Bottle Bill: