The Recycling Advocate - November 2006 - Volume 11, Number 18
The elections might have brought change in national politics, but in California, there was little change to talk about. The State Assembly will remain at its current numbers with 48 Democrats and 32 Republicans. The State Senate was the only one in for some possible change, but ultimately will remain 25 Democrats and 15 Republicans. Check out the names of the new and returning members of the 2007 State Assembly and Senate.
Come January 2007, there will be two openings on the CA Integrated Waste Management Board and appointed board members should have experience with waste management and recycling policy.
The two openings will be appointed to the CIWMB Board by the Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata. Environmental groups, including CAW agree that the best candidates would be outgoing State Senator Wes Chesbro and Assembly Member Fran Pavley. Both have extensive environmental backgrounds and experience with waste management and recycling issues.
Read more about the issue on our website.
The California League of Conservation Voters released its annual 2006 California Environmental Scorecard, detailing the environmental vote by California legislators and the Governor. Unlike previous years, the highest priority bills relating to the environment in 2006 passed the legislature. Unfortunately, of the 20 scored bills in the report, the Governor only signed ten. This was also the year that the legislature passed and the Governor signed the landmark global warming bill, AB 32 (Pavley/Nunez).
Get the 2006 Environmental Scorecard here.
Global warming is becoming the primary driver for environmental and industrial policy across the world, and solid waste policy is no exception. At the Southern California Waste Management Forum, GHG emissions underpinned most topics on the day's schedule. The Afternoon session was devoted entirely to GHG issues with a panel including Susan Thorneloe (US EPA), Adrienne Alvord (Assembly Member Fran Pavley's office), Mike Mullin (Mayor Villaraigosa's office), Scott Walker (CIWMB), Board Member Rosalie Mule, and Scott Smithline (CAW).
The panel, which was moderated by Chuck White of Waste Management Inc. revealed that GHG policy is not very different than any other solid waste policy. The best policies to reduce GHG emissions are largely the same policies that conserve other resources, and prevent other pollution. CAW estimates that up to half of the GHG emissions from the solid waste sector could be reduced by increasing recycling of common curbside materials by just 15 to 20 percent above current levels. Aside from source reduction, recycling reduces GHG emissions more than any other activity.
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