Waste Board’s Future Questioned

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 9, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

With the State in the midst of a deep fiscal crisis (now estimated to top $40 billion by the end of next year), the Governor and at least one legislator are questioning whether or not the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) is necessary.  The Board has achieved the goal which spawned its creation (a 50% reduction in materials going to landfill), so it has struggled to remain relevant.  The Board would like to create more stringent goals (which, in turn, would place additional financial burdens on manufacturers).

In his January 2nd proposed budget, Governor Schwarzenegger recommended the elimination of CIWMB’s 450 employee division of Cal EPA: " ...  the Administration will submit the following legislative proposals to further improve governmental efficiency ... consolidation or realignment of recycling and cleanup, spill prevention and pollution programs, including elimination of the Integrated Waste Management Board ..."  The CIWMB oversees much of California’s waste reduction and recycling policy, including a waste reduction mandate on local agencies, an e-waste recycling incentive program and oversight of the State’s solid waste system.  

Senator Jeff Denham (R-Merced) is also questioning whether CIWMB is still needed.  He introduced SB 44 to abolish the Board and transfer its duties, responsibilities, powers, jurisdiction, liabilities, and functions to the Department of Conservation effective January 1, 2010.  The restructuring could save $800,000 in salaries alone for the six-member Board.    

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