California Governor Signs Dual Stream Recycling Bill into Law

Date: 9 Sep 2019 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Cities in California will be encouraged to consider implementing dual stream recycling under new law AB 815 singed into law by Governor Newsom as an effort to reduce contamination and help market materials within the US. The law will go into effect in 2020.

The bill encourages but doesn’t require local governments to increase curbside separation in their recycling program.

“When we throw all of our recyclables into the same bin, glass breaks, leftover soda spills on copy paper and many recycled materials become too dirty to be reused,” said Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry who introduced the bill.  “We used to send our contaminated recyclables to China, polluting land and water overseas, but China won’t take it anymore. AB 815 will keep our recyclables cleaner and more marketable so they can actually be turned into new products.”

As reported by Waste360 on September 5: According to the bill, existing law requires cities, counties or regional agencies to submit an annual report to California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) summarizing their progress in reducing solid and household hazardous waste. Existing law requires the department to review a jurisdiction’s compliance with the diversion requirements every two to four years and requires the department to issue an order of compliance if the department finds, after considering specified factors, the jurisdiction failed to make a good faith effort to implement its source reduction and recycling element or household hazardous waste element. After issuing an order of compliance, existing law authorizes the department to impose administrative civil penalties upon that jurisdiction, as provided.

See the Waste360 article here.

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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.