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2013/2014 State Legislative Recap

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At the end of August, the California State Legislature adjourned its 2013/2014 Session. More than 2,700 bills were introduced during the two-year cycle, and now legislators will return to their districts. ACRI monitored and aggressively engaged on numerous important issues during the last two years. Below is a brief recap. The Governor has until September 30 to either sign or veto pending legislation. If the Governor fails to either sign or veto a bill by September 30, the bill becomes law.


AB 841 – ACRI Opposed

Outcome: Vetoed by Governor

Passing the State Senate with a 30-6 vote and passing the Assembly with a 57-16 vote, this bill would have required a junk dealer or recycler to pay a seller of nonferrous materials by mailed check only. ACRI engaged in a public outreach effort to encourage the Governor to veto AB 841, as it would penalize law-abiding operators, while illegal transactions would continue to take place at locations that are currently not adhering to state law. ACRI was successful in reaching out to the Governor’s office requesting he veto the legislation. Despite its resounding support throughout the legislative process, AB 841 was vetoed.

AB 1846 – ACRI Supported

Outcome: Signed by Governor

Passing the Assembly 74-0 and the Senate 36-0, AB 1846 gives CalRecycle the ability to suspend/revoke eligibility of certified recycling centers to collect handling fees if they knowingly claim ineligible materials. With ACRI’s support, this legislation was approved unanimously by the Legislature and sent to the Governor.

AB 2251 – ACRI Supported

Outcome: Signed by Governor

Prohibit a dealer from charging an amount for a redemption payment for a beverage container that is greater than the amount set forth in the act. The bill would provide that a violation of this provision is an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than $100 when the overcharge is $1 or less. Requires a sealer to separately report any action taken to enforce this provision that results in a penalty being levied for a violation of the provision.

AB 2312 – ACRI Supported

Outcome: Signed by Governor

Passing the Assembly 73-0 and the Senate 33-1, AB 2312, sponsored by ISRI, requires recyclers to request to receive metal theft alert notifications from an internet-based theft alert system and requires a dealer/recycler to provide a statement that they have requested said notifications when seeking a weighmasters license.

AB 2313 – ACRI Opposed

Outcome: Failed in Committee

This bill required a great deal of mobilization. Amongst other things, AB 2313 sought to impose a 1% tax on scrap metals as a means of creating a new funding source intended to target metal theft. This bill passed the Assembly 66-3 and even worked its way through all the necessary Senate committees. However, working with the author, ACRI was successful in having the tax eliminated from the bill. Ultimately AB 2313 failed to move forward once the tax increase was identified by ACRI.

SB 485 - ACRI Supported

Outcome: Signed by Governor

While urging the Governor to veto AB 841, ACRI supported SB 485, a reasonable approach to enhanced enforcement. AB 841 requires recyclers to submit additional information regarding their dealer business to the CDFA when applying for a weighmaster’s license/renewal and requires the CDFA to complete a timely review. If the application is found to be materially inaccurate, CDFA has the authority to revoke/reject the license. With many protections built into the bill, this legislation was a rational response to the growing problem of metal theft in California without undue harms being shouldered by the recycling industry.

State Budget Bill – CRV Administrative Fees

Governor Brown sent his 2014/2015 State Budget proposal to the Legislature which included several provisions claiming to be cost-cutting measures to help balance the state’s $156 billion spending plan. Of particular note, the Governor requested legislative approval to eliminate $25 million in fees that are paid to business owners for administering the State’s recycling program. ACRI executed a comprehensive outreach plan, with members sending letters, signing petitions and making phone calls to key legislative offices. Ultimately the fees were protected. This was an important victory, as recyclers were not forced to shoulder the costs for administering the State’s program.

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ACTION ALERT: Recyclers Targeted by Sacramento

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ACTION ALERT

Recyclers Targeted By Sacramento 

 

Governor Jerry Brown has sent his 2014/15 State Budget to the Legislature and it targets our industry.  Included in his budget are several proposed changes to the Beverage Recycling program, most notable the elimination of $26 million a year in administrative fees.

Under the Governor’s proposal, the recycling industry would be responsible for shouldering these costs on behalf of the State of California.

 

The Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI) was formed to protect the rights of independent recyclers and strongly opposes this change.  Administrative fees are an essential component used to defray the cost of managing the state’s CRV recordkeeping and reporting requirements.  Administrative fees also assist to lessen the capitol expense burden for processers, as they typically wait 30 days or more for reimbursement of CRV payments from the state.

 

We need your help.

 

Please help send a message to Sacramento by signing our online petition today. Go to www.change.org and search “Save California’s CRV Program” or http://chn.ge/1fWfS0E (case-sensitive).  Your participation will help the industry demonstrate the large state-wide impact this change will have on the thousands of Californians employed by the recycling industry.

 

ACRI will continue to communicate with state leaders, but your voice is critical.  If you would like to get more involved with our campaign efforts, please contact Melinda Andrade at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our website at www.acrinow.org.

 

ACRI 2014 Board of Directors


State Imposing Daily Recycling Limit in Effort to Reduce Fraud

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The Los Angeles Times reports that the State of California is imposing a daily recycling limit to reduce fraud.


Please visit their website for the full article, or click on this link.

LA Port Numbers Down from Last Year

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The Los Angeles Business Journal reports that cargo traffic in the Port of Los Angeles is down by 13% from last year.

Please visit their website for the full article, or click on this link.

Zero Waste LA Franchise System Workshops

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The City of Los Angeles Sanitation Department will be launching a program called Zero Waste LA, which will affect all businesses and large apartment complexes within the City of Los Angeles. The agency is hosting workshops throughout the month of October to gain stakeholder input as to what should be required of participating waste haulers.

Please visit the Department of Sanitation Website for more information on the program and a list of workshops.

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