California beverage container stakeholder workshop

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 3, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

An "End of Life Management" Stakeholder Workshop for beverage containers has been announced by the R3 Consulting Group, Inc.  It is scheduled for Friday, April 24, 2009 at the EDD Auditorium located at 722 Capitol Mall in Sacramento from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Those who are interested in attending are asked to RSVP to the project consultant, Susan Collins at (310) 559-7451 or scollins@r3cgi.com.  

This workshop will evaluate California’s current beverage container deposit-return recycling system and formulate recommendations based on research of what are termed exemplary programs in five foreign countries. The R3 Consulting Group Inc. received a Market Development and Expansion grant from the California Department of Conservation (DOC) to help in this endeavor.

Both British Columbia and Germany have full Extended Producer Responsibility programs for beverage containers. This means that producers (defined as manufacturers, brand owners, importers, and distributors) are responsible for funding, designing and managing collection programs, ensuring that their products are either refillable or recyclable and are recovered for reuse or recycling and are held responsible for meeting the recycling rates set in regulations.

Recommendations from the R3 report will likely impact future legislation and/or regulations and the operations of California’s beverage and bottling industries.  Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-Eureka) has introduced a bill this year, AB 283, which would give the California Integrated Waste Management Board broad-based authority to implement a product stewardship program as they see fit.  

California’s system differs from other states and countries. Producers here do not design and manage the collection system and only participate moderately in funding. Producers pay into the California Redemption Value (CRV) fund and also pay processing fees designed to offset costs for processors who handle the recyclable materials. This is intended to stimulate the value of recycled materials. California’s system provides an incentive for consumers to recycle beverage containers covered by the CRV by offering the return of the deposit paid.  California’s system also does not require any beverage container to be refillable.

Beverage manufacturers are encouraged to attend the April 24th workshop and analyze the applicability of these foreign studies to their products and the California marketplace.  There will be an opportunity for stakeholder input following the presentation.

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