Product stewardship bill goes down to defeat

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 4, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

AB 2139 (Wesley Chesbro, D-Eureka) was denied passage on the Assembly floor on Thursday, June 3.  It would have taken the state’s integrated waste management system and curbside recycling and turned it on its head. It placed all end-of-life responsibility for ALL consumer products on the manufacturer and ignored all other parties who should share responsibility.

The bill would have given broad authority to the former Waste Board staff to determine which products to cover.  Those products would have been subject to performance goals, collection rates and recycling goals.  Manufacturers would have been required to submit a product stewardship plan for every product they make, creating a massive new bureaucracy under CalRecycle.

AB 2139 had the potential to create a labyrinth of complicated, inefficient and duplicative programs to handle materials. Consumers would have had to take back materials to hundreds of different sites and/or by multiple means.

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