SB 402 (Wolk, 2009-10) Strengthening California's Bottle Bill

Update: SB 402 was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger on Oct 11. Read veto message and CAW response.


Balances the Bottle Bill Fund by ending program exemptions and decreasing the 10 cent CRV threshold to 20 ounces from 24 ounces, ending the exemption given to non-bottle-and-can beverage containers, and other measures.


Position and Status
CAW Supports.  SB 402 was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger on Oct 11.  Read veto message and CAW response. Previously, SB 402 received a 58-16 vote in the Assembly and a 22-14 vote in the Senate and a 8-0 vote in Assembly Natural Resources on Sep 11.

California's successful Beverage Container Recycling Program is under threat by significant cuts to core recycling programs, such as payments for supermarket-based recycling, payments for curbside recycling and payments to conservation corps recycling. Due to the imbalance, the Department of Conservation was forced to: cut $131 million in funding for local governments, local conservation corps, curbside recycling, recycling market development and other performance-based incentives for recycling; and Increase beverage industry ‘processing fee’ costs by roughly $75 million. Additionally, some 600 California grocery stores are currently unserved by recycling centers, and without relief, they will be obligated to take containers inside their stores.

SB 402 will bring the Beverage Container Recycling Fund back into balance while strengthening recycling.  Specifically, SB 402 will:

  • Expand the scope of beverage containers covered by the program to include all container types for existing beverages, regardless of size or material type.
  • Accelerate the timeframe for beverage distributors to make CRV payments from 90 to 60 days in order to better align with CRV ‘pay-out’ timeframe (20 days).
  • Move the existing 10 cent CRV threshold from containers 24 ounces and larger to containers 20 ounces and larger.
  • Reduce, suspend and eliminate non-core program expenditures by $36 million.
  • Maintain essential funding for ‘core program’ expenditures.

CAW Staff Contacts.

Mark Murray (916) 443-5422


Senator Lois Wolk 
State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814


Current Language, Analyses and Votes.

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Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor City of Los Angeles
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Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Benjamin Hueso, City of San Diego Council President
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ECO2 Plastic, Inc.
Ed Begley, Jr.
Efren Carrillo, Sonoma County Supervisor
Ellen Ward, Mayor, City of Signal Hill
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Fox Theater ,Visalia
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Fresno Historical Society
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James Shelby, Mayor, City of Citrus Heights
Judy Arnold, Marin County Supervisor
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Kevin Johnson, Mayor, City of Sacramento
Kindt Automotive
Lagunitas Brewing Co. 
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Rio Hondo College
Ron Roberts, San Diego County Supervisor
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Rubicon Brewing Company
Russian River Brewing Co
San Diego Chargers
San Francisco Community Recyclers
San Marcos Brewery & Grill
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Tri-City Economic Development Corporation
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Trumer Brauerei
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