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Mandatory Commercial Recycling regulation update

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This just in from CalRecycle:

Climate Change

As you know, CalRecycle and the Air Resources Board (ARB) had intended to address the proposed Mandatory Commercial Recycling regulations at the ARB meeting on Oct. 20-21, 2011, where ARB was to hold a public hearing to consider adoption of the proposed regulations.

However, as a result of Assembly Bill (AB) 341 being signed into law by Governor Brown on Oct. 6, 2011, please be advised that this public hearing on the proposed regulations has been cancelled.

Instead, at the same Oct. 20-21 ARB meeting, CalRecycle and ARB will present an informational item on our collaborative efforts to date, the new direction resulting from enactment of AB 341, and CalRecycle's plans to implement AB 341's mandatory commercial recycling provision. This informational item also will include discussion of opportunities to expand recycling services and recycling manufacturing in California, and of future collaboration with ARB on other AB 32 Scoping Plan measures.

AB 341 provides authority to CalRecycle to implement the mandatory commercial recycling program, and as a result, the department will commence its own rulemaking to implement the statute. These regulations will reflect the statutory provisions and provide additional procedural clarifications.

Because of the extensive stakeholder input received at eight public workshops and numerous stakeholder meetings over the past two years, CalRecycle plans to initiate the formal rulemaking with a 45-day comment period beginning in early November and a subsequent public hearing. The exact timing will depend on our ability to submit a new regulatory package to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and receive its approval to begin the rulemaking.

We look forward to starting this rulemaking as quickly as possible and to receiving your continued input and support during the process, which will include additional public hearings and 15-day comment periods as needed. To stay updated on this, please be sure to sign up for our listserv and visit our web page at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Climate/Recycling.

Once the final regulation is adopted by CalRecycle and approved by OAL, CalRecycle will provide guidance to jurisdictions and businesses in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs), workshops, and consultations as needed. CalRecycle also will provide tools such as sample educational outreach materials developed in conjunction with the Institute for Local Government, as well as CalRecycle's Commercial Recycling Cost Calculator.

For more information, please contact CalRecycle's Mandatory Commercial Recycling Team at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .