Beverage recycling program in trouble

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 7, 2013 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Division of Recycling within California’s Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery administers the Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act. In the past year, it has become apparent that the fund generated by the CRV tax on beverage cans and bottles is running out of money. Without an increase in the tax, the program will go out of existence within the next year. 

It does not appear that the problem is that the tax is inadequate. What has been happening is that people are bringing in cans and bottles from other states to take advantage of California’s redemption value. The need for reform is recognized by the Department and the beverage industry. In light of that need, over a half dozen bills have been introduced this session:

  • AB 665by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas),
  • AB 744and AB 1001 by Assemblymember Richard Gordon (D-Redwood City),
  • AB 1023by Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D-Stockton),
  • AB 1142 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica),
  • AB 1370by Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), and
  • SB 791by Senator Mark Wyland (R-Escondido).

While all of these bills are currently spot bills and don’t telegraph their true intent, CMTA will be monitoring them closely as they develop.

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