New Recycling and Product Ban Bills

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 23, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

AB 1866 (Karnette, D-Long Beach) would ban the foam type of polystyrene food containers from state facilities after January 1, 2008.  Alternatives would cost more and wouldn’t have the heat or cold retention properties of polystyrene, increasing the health risk for food products and liability concerns for retailers.  Such a ban would not reduce material going to landfill because food contact packaging cannot be recycled.  Banning this product’s use at state facilities could lead to a complete ban.  Some CMTA members produce not only polystyrene products but also alternatives.  

AB 2202 (Saldana D-San Diego) bans virtually all electronic devices banned in the European Union (EU).  Existing law already bans video display devices from distribution or sale in this state if they are banned in the EU due to heavy metals. This bill would expand the ban to any device which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields to work properly.  Rather than simply following the European Union lead, California should investigate the merit or disadvantages of imposing these policies on each product.  This bill is set for Monday, March 27 in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.   The bill was also double-referred to the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee.

AB 2271 (Koretz D-West Hollywood) would accomplish household battery recycling by requiring distributors to place money in a fund for every battery offered for sale in California.  The retailer would pay ten cents from the fund for every battery returned by a consumer for recycling.  This bill would include alkaline batteries which were exempted from last year’s landfill battery ban.  It also does not distinguish between those batteries which can be recycled and those that can’t, nor those that are not considered a RCRA (spell this out) hazardous waste and do not pose a threat to the environment or public health.  This establishes a very elaborate program for products which takes up little space in a landfill and pose a questionable risk.

AB 3001 (Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), would include personal computers as electronic devices subject to recycling. Each retailer would collect a $6 fee from the consumer at the time of sale.

CMTA will be opposing all four of the above bills unless significantly amended.
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