Recycling legislation proposed

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 16, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Members of the California Senate and Assembly want to mandate that more products be diverted away from landfills.   

In AB 546, Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) proposes that CPU towers be added to the list of devices covered under the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 (SB 20, Chapter No. 526, Byron Sher, D-Stanford) and that the retailer collect a $10 fee from the consumer at the time of the sale.  Likewise, Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) has introduced AB 1535 to add personal computers to the list with a $6 recycling fee at the point of sale.  Note that there is already a mandate for a recycling collection program for laptop computers.

Assemblymember Ira Ruskin (D-Redwood City) has authored AB 1193, to require manufacturers of mercury thermostats to establish and maintain collection and recycling programs by January 1, 2008 or stop sales in the state after July 1, 2008. 

On the packaging front, Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 904, Food Container Recycling.  It would prohibit a food provider from distributing, by a date unspecified at this time, a disposable food service package to a consumer unless that package is either compostable or recyclable.  It would also prohibit a food provider from distributing a disposable food service package after July 1, 2012 unless the package is either recovered for composting or recovered for recycling at a 25 percent rate or more.  Only paper and aluminum come close to meeting these figures at the present time.  Unless technology improves markedly in the next five years, the bill will ban plastic and styrofoam packaging for fast food. 

A more comprehensive landfill bill, SB 1020 (Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles), raises diversion goals from landfill disposal, or transformation through recycling, source reduction, or composting, from 50 to 75 percent by January 1, 2012.

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