Despite the legislature's failure to pass the plastic bag ban, Californians Against Waste was successful in helping to send four important recycling bills to Governor Schwarzenegger, who now has two weeks to sign these bills.
AB 737 Commercial Recycling (Assembly Member Chesbro) is a CAW-sponsored bill that would expand recycling to every apartment building and commercial business in California. Even though these sectors make up two-thirds of our waste stream, they have been largely passed over in our state's waste reduction efforts, and every day that the readily-recyclable materials from apartments and businesses go to landfills represents a squandered opportunity to conserve our natural resources, reduce greenhouse gases, and create local green jobs. Take ACTION! Fax a support letter to the Governor, or send an email.
AB 1343 Paint Recycling (Assembly Member Huffman) will increase paint recycling by requiring manufactures to develop and fund a statewide program. Leftover paint poses a significant environmental and cost burden to local governments and the state. This measure will reduce this burden by requiring manufacturers to take responsibility for establishing and financing a safe and reliable system for the recovery and proper management of leftover (postconsumer) paint generated by consumers in this state. Take ACTION! Fax a support letter to the Governor, or send an email.
AB 2398 Carpet Recycling (Assembly Member John Perez) requires producer of carpet to collect and recycle carpet at the end of life. This bill would significantly reduce the environmental impacts of carpet, as well as reduce volume to landfills and create jobs in recycling. Take ACTION! Fax a support letter to the Governor, or send an email.
SB 1454 Environmental Labeling (Senator DeSaulnier) expands the scope of environmental labeling laws in California to all plastic products. Current law applies only to bags and food packaging and bans the misleading claim of "biodegradable" in plastic products and requires that legitimate claims be verifiable by technical standards. Take ACTION! Fax a support letter to the Governor, or send an email.