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Our Top Priority Legislation
Summary. AB 1826 will drive the recycling of yard trimming and food scraps by requiring commercial generators to subscribe to composting or anaerobic digestion service for their organic waste.
Position and Status.
Passed! The bill has passed both houses and now heads to the Governor's desk for signature. CAW is sponsoring AB 1826.
Summary. AB 1594 (Williams) will eliminate a loophole in state law that allows some yard trimmings and prunings that are used as landfill cover to count as being “diverted” from landfills. This state law virtually subsidizes the landfilling of this valuable material and is a major disincentive for recycling organics.
Position and Status.
Passed! The bill has passed both houses and now heads to the Governor's desk for signature. CAW is co-sponsoring AB 1594 with the California Compost Coalition.
Summary Phases out single-use plastic grocery bags. Reusable, paper, and (in certain jurisdictions) compostable plastic bags can only be distributed with a minimum 10 cent charge. Includes standards and incentives for plastic bag manufacturers to transition to making reusable bags.
Position and Status
Passed! The bill has passed both houses and now heads to the governer's desk for signature. CAW is a sponsor of the bill.
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 37 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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