Gino DiCaro

Industrial recycling bill

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, July 10, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

A solid waste diversion bill, AB 479 (Wesley Chesbro, D-Eureka), has been opposed by CMTA for two reasons: The bill increased the State’s waste diversion goals from 50 to 60 percent by 2015 and to 75 percent by 2020 and it gave the Integrated Waste Management Board (IWMB) unrestricted authority to achieve those goals. The bill was amended on July 1.

As it was first written, the bill’s increased goals would have put more pressure on cities and counties that are already hard-pressed to financially handle current requirements. Local government would have been forced to find a funding source. The open-ended authority granted to IWMB could have included the implementation of an Extended Producer Responsibility program similar to that proposed in Chesbro’s AB 283, which was recently held in Assembly Appropriations.  

The most economical and efficient means of recycling is well recognized as "source separation."  

The new amendments require the IWMB, starting January 11, 2020, to ensure that 75 percent of all solid waste be source reduced, recycled and composted. The bill now mandates that any business that contracts for solid waste services and generates more than 4 cubic yards of total solid waste and recyclable materials per week must take either of two actions by January 1, 2011: 1) Source separate recyclable solid waste and subscribe to a basic level of recycling service that includes the collection of those recyclable materials or self-hauling, or 2) Subscribe to an alternative type of recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation.

The bill states that approximately 64 percent of the state’s solid waste disposal is from commercial, industrial and construction sources and another 8 percent is from multi-family dwellings.

Over the next week, CMTA will be evaluating its position on this amended bill.

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