Strengthening California’s Bottle Bill – Part II
We covered the initial story back in October when SB 402 was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger. Here’s hoping for a revival!
The Bottle Bill Fix, AB 7, just passed the Assembly and now heads to the Governor’s Desk. AB 7 will immediately restore roughly $15 million per month in core recycling funding under California’s successful Bottle Bill. Funding was cut last July forcing the closure of hundreds of centers and the loss of several hundred ‘green jobs’. If signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger, AB 7 will immediately restore funding and prevent millions in further cuts to recyclers, local governments, conservation corps and other core components of California’s successful Bottle Bill.
California’s successful Beverage Container Recycling Program is under threat due to significant cuts to core recycling programs, such as payments for supermarket-based recycling, payments for curbside recycling and payments to conservation corps recycling. Cuts are due in large part to outstanding loan repayments to General Fund. Without AB 7, California recyclers and local governments will continue to face millions in cuts, including:
- $15 million for curbside recycling
- $8.25 million for conservation corps recycling
- $20 million for recycling grants
- $10.5 million to local governments
- $10 million for quality incentive payments for glass
- $10 million for market development for plastic containers
- $44 million in handling fees for supermarket recycling centers
The now 9-month campaign to restore funds cut from the California Bottle Bill has been a top priority and consumed a tremendous amount of time and resources. Thanks for your support!
Governor Schwarzenegger signs AB 7 into Law. The letter to the Members of the California State Assembly is here.