Commercial recycling update

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 14, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Under AB 32 (the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006), the California Air Resources Board (CARB) was tasked with mandating commercial recycling. A bill recently signed by the Governor, AB 341 (Wesley Chesbro, D-Eureka), now gives responsibility for the program to CalRecycle, officially known as the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, under the Natural Resources Agency.

Of particular interest to manufacturers is that “Commercial” is defined to include those businesses normally thought of as commercial, as well as industrial and institutional.

A previously-scheduled presentation by CalRecycle of the regulations to CARB for a vote during their Oct 20-21st Board Meeting has been canceled. Instead, CalRecycle will update the Board on the status of implementations and present draft regulations reflecting AB 341.

Once CalRecycle submits the economic/environmental analysis of the regulations (likely by mid-November) the proposal will then go to the Office of Administrative Law, starting the 45-day comment period.

Post AB 341, the start date of the regulation remains unchanged –  July 1, 2012.  The language in both AB 341 and the current draft regulation is very similar to the draft language presented during CalRecycle’s July 19th workshop.  One of the major changes is the solid waste threshold for multi-family dwellings – capturing more units into the regulation.  Also, Section 18837(b) expands to include the statement that commercial property owners may require tenants to separate their materials (originally this was an option only for multi-family dwellings).

Overall, the impact of these new regulations on industrial facilities should be minimal considering that most manufacturers have implemented recycling strategies sufficient to meet the program’s goal of a 12.5 percent diversion of material from landfill by 2020.

To see the draft regulatory text, go to: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Actions/PublicNoticeDetail.aspx

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