2009 - Advocacy

2009 Advocacy

Date Action Topic
11/3/2009 CRRA letter to CIWMB Comments on Organics LCA Tool
10/14/2009 CRRA letter to US EPA Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response Response to invitation for stakeholder input
9/24/2009 CRRA letter to Governor Schwarzenegger Supporting SB 402 (Wolk) Support strengthening California's Bottle Bill
9/21/2009 CRRA letter to Governor Schwarzenegger Opposing AB 1173 (Huffman) Fluorescent lamp recycling
9/18/2009 CRRA letter to Governor Schwarzenegger Supporting AB 473 (Blumenfield) Multi-family Recycling
8/26/2009 CRRA letter to Governor Schwarzenegger Supporting keeping Dept. of Resources, Recycling and Recovery at CalEPA
8/26/2009 CRRA letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Supporting AB 479 (Chesbro) 75% diversion plus mandatory commercial recycling
8/21/2009 CRRA letter to Assembly Member Saldana Supporting AB 925 (Saldana) Bottle Caps
July 2009 Letter to Senate pro Tem Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Bass signed by CRRA Beverage container recycling funding proposal
6/25/2009 CRRA/GRRN letter to US Assembly Speaker Pelosi Support with amendments HR 2425 "American Clean Energy and Security Act"
6/15/2009 CRRA letter to Senate Environmental Quality Committee Supporting AB 479 (Chesbro) 75% diversion plus mandatory commercial recycling
6/12/2009 CRRA letter to Senate Environmental Quality Committee Opposing AB 222 (Adams)
6/12/2009 CRRA letter to Assembly Member Huffman Supporting if amended AB 1343 (Huffman)
6/12/2009 CRRA letter to Joint Budget Committee Opposing Dept. of Finance proposal for cuts to DOC
6/10/2009 CRRA letter to Senate Environmental Quality Committee Supporting AB 1329 (Brownley) prohibiting PVC packaging
5/28/2009 CRRA, GAIA and StopWaste.Org floor alert to all Assembly members "VOTE NO" on AB 222 (Adams)
5/27/2009 CRRA letter to Assembly Member Davis Supporting AB 87 (Davis) Single-use bag fee
5/26/2009 CRRA letter to Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair De Leon Supporting AB 1358 (Hill) banning EPS take-out food packages
5/4/2009 CRRA letter to Assembly Member Skinner and Senator Kehoe Supporting AB 1581 and Opposing SB 390
4/21/2009 CRRA Letter Opposing AB 222 Opposing AB 222 (Adams) Conversion Technologies and Biorefineries
4/7/2009 CRRA letter to Assembly Natural Resources Committee Supporting AB 283 (Chesbro) CA Product Stewardship Act
3/27/2009 CRRA letter to Governor Schwarzenegger Opposing SB 44 (Denham) Abolishing CIWMB
3/27/2009 Letter to CARB signed by CRRA Low Carbon Fuel Standard
3/19/2009 CRRA letter to Ocean Protection Council Supporting MEA on single-use bags
2/4/2009 CRRA Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein Recycling and the Economic Stimulus Plan
2/4/2009 CRRA Letter to Senator Barbara Boxer Recycling and the Economic Stimulus Plan
1/8/2009 CRRA letter to NRC Transition to Green
11/19/2008 Letter to CARB signed by CRRA Mandatory Commercial Recycling in AB 32 Scoping Plan
11/18/2008 CRRA letter to CIWMB Omission of Zero Waste in AB 32 Scoping Plan
10/6/2008 CRRA letter to Ocean Protection Council Support EPR in Draft Implementation Strategy to Reduce and Prevent Ocean Litter
7/15/2008 CRRA letter to CARB Recycling in Draft AB 32 Scoping Plan
3/28/2008 CRRA Letter to Assembly Member Huffman Supporting AB 2640 (Huffman) organics out of landfills

2009 Positions

Bill # Author Subject
Note: CRRA positions below are subject to change based on changes to legislative text.
CRRA Position
AB 68 Brownley Requires that consumers pay a $0.25 fee for single-use bags distributed at large grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores. Support
AB 87 Davis Requires that consumers pay a $0.25 fee for single-use bags distributed at large grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores. Support
AB 118 Logue Would repeal the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 Oppose
AB 147 Saldaña Authorizes DTSC to request documentation from electronics manufacturers about the amount of hazardous materials contained in the consumer electronics they offer for sale in the State. Support
AB 222 Adams Would change statutory line between disposal and diversion, and grant diversion credit to conversion technologies that are currently defined as "transformation". Oppose
AB 231 Huffman Would create the Climate Protection Trust Fund and require adoption of a schedule of (AB 32) fees, as provided. The revenues collected would be deposited in the Fund (huge potential for recycling funding). Support
AB 274 Portantino (Spot bill) Would prohibit the owner or operator of a closed landfill that is subject to closure or post closure maintenance plan from selling any portion of a closed waste management unit unless the intended purchaser provides evidence of their ability to meet the financial assurance requirements of the act. Watch
AB 283 Chesbro California Product Stewardship Act of 2009 Would implement "framework" Extended Producer Responsibility program in California administered by CIWMB; would require the board to adopt regulations by July 1, 2011, in order to implement the program to provide environmentally sound product stewardship protocols. Support
AB 473 Blumenfield Would require an owner of a multifamily dwelling, defined as a residential facility that consists of 5 or more living units, on and after July 1, 2010, to arrange for recycling services. Support
AB 478 Chesbro (Spot bill) Would require the state board to consult with the California Integrated Waste Management Board in developing the regulations to include rules for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from solid waste reduction and recycling. Watch
AB 479 Chesbro Would require cities or counties to divert 60% by January 1, 2015; would mandate recycling for businesses w/more than 4 cubic yards of total solid waste and recyclable materials per week to the extent that these services are offered; would require local govs by January 1, 2011, to adopt commercial recycling ordinances that include certain minimum requirements; would raise CIWMB facility fee from $1.40 per ton to $3.90 per ton and require $2.50 of that fee be available for expenditure by CIWMB for apportionment to jurisdictions. Support
AB 747 Emmerson Would encourage school districts and campuses of the California State University and Colleges also to establish and maintain beverage container recycling programs in those areas. Support
AB 907 Chesbro Would increase oil manufacturer fees from $0.04 to $0.06 per quart; would authorize the board to adjust the fee annually; would exempt from the payment of the fee oil sold as finished lubricant containing 100% re-refined base lubricant. Support
AB 925 Saldaña Would prohibit sale of single-use plastic beverage container with a cap that is not affixed to or part of the container; would prohibit sale of single-use beverage container with a cap, unless the cap is made of a recyclable material. Support
AB 1043 Fong Re CA Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. This bill would provide that it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to advance biofuels and other clean fuel technologies by adopting policies that promote the production and purchase of biofuels and other clean fuel technologies in California as a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce California's reliance on petroleum fuels. Watch
AB 1141 Calderon Would establish a 50% single use carryout bag waste reduction goal by 2014; would require increasing availability of plastic bag recycling throughout the state; would require bag manufacturers/distributor to pay extended producer responsibility fee of $0.001 for each single use bag; would require that local govs that prohibits the use of single-use bags not be eligible to receive any moneys from the fees collected pursuant to the act and that the entity provide an alternative to a single use carry out bag to consumers without charging a fee. Oppose
AB 1150 Gaines Would abolish the California Integrated Waste Management Board. Oppose
AB 1173 Huffman Would direct the Public Utilities Commission to use Public Goods Charge funds to subsidize only those manufacturers and distributors of fluorescent lamps that meet Energy Star 4.0 qualification on mercury standards & lamp life as well as implement a fluorescent lamp recycling program. Watch
AB 1329 Brownley Would prohibit retail sale or distribution of rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) packaging containers. Support
AB 1343 Huffman Would require paint manufacturers to develop and implement a program to collect, transport, and process postconsumer paint to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of the disposal of postconsumer paint in this state. Support if Amended
AB 1350 Blakeslee Would require the Energy Commission, in collaboration with specified entities, to establish a voluntary certification program to establish environmental performance standards for a biofuel qualifying as a CA. Sustainable Biofuel Resource. Watch
AB 1358 Hill Bans the use of expanded polystyrene food packaging and other non-recyclable plastic food packaging. Support
AB 1581 Skinner Recycling Market Development Revolving Loan Program - Alternative bill to SB 390. CA RMDZ Association supports this one. Support
SB 21 Simitian Would reduce the littering of, and aid the recovery of, derelict fishing gear. Support
SB 25 Padilla Would require a jurisdictions to divert 60% by January 1, 2015. Would provide that the state's waste reduction target is 75% by January 1, 2020. Support
SB 26 Simitian Would require California State Board of Pharmacy to coordinate with other state agencies, local governments, drug manufacturers, and pharmacies to develop programs to manage pharmaceutical wastes. Watch
SB 31 Pavley Could potentially establish significant funding for recycling from AB 32 fees collected by CARB. Support
SB 35 Oropeza Would reduce the amount of wasted food that is fit for human consumption by creating programs aimed at diverting food away from landfills and to food banks and nonprofit organizations. Support
SB 44 Denham Would abolish the California Integrated Waste Management Board. Oppose
SB 55 Corbett Would expand the types of product containers covered under the CA Beverage Container Recycling Act. Support
SB 228 DeSaulnier Would require a manufacturer of a marine degradable or compostable plastic bag to ensure that the marine degradable or compostable plastic bag is readily and easily identifiable from other plastic bags. Would prohibit a compostable plastic bag sold in the state from displaying a chasing arrow resin identification code or recycling type of symbol in any form. Support
SB 309 Ducheny As of 4/20/09: "...would require preference for inclusion in corps membership to be given to emancipated foster youth and at-risk youth." Watch
SB 390 Aanestad Would extend the Recycling Market Development Revolving Loan Program and the continuous appropriation to July 1, 2021 and the repeal date to January 1, 2022. Bifurcation provision would potentially set aside half or more of the annual loan funds to benefit one of two larger projects. Oppose
SB 497 Correa Would require each school district to consult with the local Community Conservation Corps to obtain information in order to establish a beverage container recycling program at each school campus and public office of that school district, but only to the extent that the district does not incur costs. Watch
SB 531 DeSaulnier Would prohibit local governments from banning carryout bags and would require suppliers of single-use carryout bags to pay a per-bag fee to the state starting 2011, the proceeds of which would be used for litter abatement. Oppose
SB 723 DeSaulnier Would require that the board, in collaboration with the department, establish an electronic waste recovery payment schedule to cover the net cost of an authorized collector on July 1 of every year. Watch
SB 803 DeSaulnier Would require the board, by January 1, 2011, to develop regulations, after consultation with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) clamshell packaging manufacturers, product manufacturers, retailers, and the environmental community, that would reduce the volume of hard-to-recycle PVC clamshell packaging, as defined, by 50%. Support