Sept 29 - Governor Vetoes Apartment Recycling Bill

For the second year in a row, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed legislation aimed at increasing recycling opportunities for residents of apartments and other multi-family dwellings.

AB 2206 by Assembly Member Cindy Montañez (D-Los Angeles), would have required local governments, waste handlers and apartment managers to work together to provide tenants with a residential recycling opportunity.

While most single family homes in California have long had 'curbside' collection of recyclables, less than 50 percent of multi-family residents have access to recycling.

In vetoing the measure, Governor Schwarzenegger cited its costs and prescriptiveness.

Read the Governor's AB 2206 veto message here.

AB 2206 was supported by environmental groups and local governments.

In 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 399, similar legislation by Assembly Member Montanez.