Universal Waste

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Feb. 27, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On behalf of the Thursday Group and Cal EPA, CMTA has found an author for a bill to extend the California Integrated Waste Management Board's(CIWMB) authority over universal waste until 2008. Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian (R-Stockton) agreed to introduce the bill, AB 2877.

As is, the CIWMB’s authority expired in 2003. Efforts to establish a new sunset date last year failed due to the “pile on” of additional language which alienated business interests. Although the issue has not been forced by the waste haulers, universal waste (batteries, lead-painted wood, hazardous waste lamps, wastes containing mercury) should actually be treated as hazardous waste at this time and hauled only to Class I landfills.

The measure should be supported by both the environmental community and industry, with no opposition expected.
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