Mandatory commercial recycling regulations underway

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 19, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Although most people would associate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with vehicles and manufacturing, CalRecycle, in collaboration with California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) who is charged with implementing AB 32 and the associated GHG emission reductions, is preparing a new mandatory commercial recycling program designed to reduce the volume of goods produced with new raw materials at facilities that emit GHG.

Draft regulations are due out September 5th with CARB expected to adopt the plan in mid-October.  If approved, the regulations will put even more pressure on cities, including those that already have extensive recycling programs, to expand them to cover more businesses and multifamily units.  Important to note, however, is that the new rules won’t include specific enforcement measures; rather, will leave that up to local government.

CalRecycle estimates that this approach will save up to 5 million tons of GHG emissions annually by the year 2020, but would only be accomplished by California recyclers collecting another 1.5 million to 3 million tons of material every year.

For more information, please see www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Climate/Recycling/default.htm.

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