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Strengthening California’s Bottle Bill

October 2nd, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

California’s successful Beverage Container Recycling Program is under threat by significant cuts to core recycling programs, such as payments for supermarket-based recycling, payments for curbside recycling and payments to conservation corps recycling. Due to the imbalance, the Department of Conservation was forced to: cut $131 million in funding for local governments, local conservation corps, curbside recycling, recycling market development and other performance-based incentives for recycling; and Increase beverage industry ‘processing fee’ costs by roughly $75 million. Additionally, some 600 California grocery stores are currently unserved by recycling centers, and without relief, they will be obligated to take containers inside their stores.

SB 402 will bring the Beverage Container Recycling Fund back into balance while strengthening recycling.  Specifically, SB 402 will:

  • Expand the scope of beverage containers covered by the program to include all container types for existing beverages, regardless of size or material type.
  • Accelerate the timeframe for beverage distributors to make CRV payments from 90 to 60 days in order to better align with CRV ‘pay-out’ timeframe (20 days).
  • Move the existing 10 cent CRV threshold from containers 24 ounces and larger to containers 20 ounces and larger.
  • Reduce, suspend and eliminate non-core program expenditures by $36 million.
  • Maintain essential funding for ‘core program’ expenditures.

What can you do? Check out the full legislation documentation and take action here: SB 402 (Wolk) Strengthening California’s Bottle Bill

UPDATE

SB 402 was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger on Oct 11. Read veto message and CAW response.

UPDATE II

AB 7 in front of Governor Schwarzenegger for signature. Read more here