Increase in solid waste diversion proposed

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 5, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

According to Assemblymember Wes Chesbro (D-Arcata) AB 479, Solid Waste Diversion, will move out of the Senate Appropriations Committee in June where it has been held since last year.

AB 479 requires the Integrated Waste Management Board (now the Resource Agency’s Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery) to ensure that 75% of all solid waste is diverted from landfill by January 1, 2020 either by source reduction, recycling or composting. While the bill prohibits the board from imposing any enforceable requirements against a local agency or a solid waste enterprise to implement the diversion level, it does not preclude the Department from mandating specific practices by industries, businesses and institutions.

California has currently achieved a 58% diversion rate. The 75% level is not expected to be achieved without a commercial recycling mandate and massive implementation of extended producer responsibility. Chesbro’s Environmental Consultant reports that they are contemplating changes to remove industry concerns that were voiced last year, but to date, we have no details.

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