Californians Against Waste is dedicated to conserving resources, preventing pollution and protecting California’s environment through the development, promotion and implementation of waste reduction and recycling policies and programs.
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Update: Assembly Member Gordon introduces legislation to add all beverage container types to Bottle Bill Program.
While the latest CA Beverage Container Recycling Rates show continued high--82% overall—container recycling rates, the picture is less rosy for Plastic Beverage Containers.
The problem of plastic litter is only growing. Plastic is the fastest-growing component of the waste stream, and plastic pollution like expanded polystyrene (eps) and single-use bags are among the most commonly found items during beach and coastal cleanups. Because plastic essentially never biodegrades, once littered plastic becomes a permanent environmental problem.
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Summary. AB 1001 would expand the Bottle Bill program to include all beverage container types, while also reducing program inefficiencies and administrative costs.
Position and Status. CAW supports. AB 1001 passed out of policy committee on April 29 by a 6-3 vote. It now moves to fiscal committee.
Summary Prohibits stores from distributing single use plastic bags and allows the sale of reusable, paper, and (in certain jurisdictions) compostable plastic bags.
Position and Status CAW Supports. Headed to Senate Floor for vote. Passed Senate Appropriations on 5/23 4-3. Previously passed Senate EQ Committee on 4/17, 5-3.
Summary. AB 323 presents a package of policies that will drive the recycling of yard trimming and food scraps, not only resulting in a reduction of pollution and greenhouse gases, but also creating jobs and supporting a burgeoning industry.
Position and Status.
CAW Supports. 323 passed out of policy committee on April 29 by a 6-3 vote. The next stop for the bill is Assembly Appropriations.
Californians Against Waste is recognized as one of the nation's leading non-profit environmental research and advocacy organizations focusing on resource conservation and pollution prevention through waste reduction and recycling. The organization's 35 year history and track record of accomplishments has demonstrated it to be principled, practical, creative and effective. Find out more about CAW.
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