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PRESS RELEASE: Recyclers Urge Governor to Support Comprehensive Bill to Combat Metal Theft

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Recyclers Urge Governor to Support Comprehensive Bill to Combat Metal Theft

Leading Trade Group States the Focus Should Be On Non-Complaint Businesses

San Gabriel, Calif., September 3, 2013 – The Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI) is urging the Governor to support pending legislation that would dramatically reduce the incidents of metal theft in California.  The Legislation, SB 485 was approved unanimously by the Senate and is currently pending in the Assembly.  However, industry experts are also urging the Governor to veto a controversial bill, AB 841, which is opposed by Democrats and Republicans, but was able to garner enough voters to reach the Governor’s desk.

“Our industry is extremely concerned with metal theft in California and has been working with state officials on meaningful legislation that will address not only this theft, but also the issue of non-complaint businesses in the state.  By approving SB 485, our state will be sending a strong message to non-complaint recyclers, no longer will they be able to help facilitate metal theft,” said Trini Jones, ACRI President.  “However, AB 841 would merely place another requirement on businesses that are already adhering to state laws and will have little to no impact on reducing metal theft.”

SB 485 requires all recyclers to provide on-site documentation and be able demonstrate they are operating in compliance with all state recycling laws.  On the other hand, AB 841 merely requires recyclers provide payment to the public through a mailed check.  Industry experts contend that this requirement will not impact metal theft as it does not directly address the issue of non-compliant operations who will continue to offer the convenience of cash payment.

“Placing another requirement on law-abiding business will only drive the cost of business higher and, more importantly, inconvenience the public.  We hope the Governor takes advantage of this opportunity to truly address metal theft in California. Our focus needs to be on solving the problem, not asking businesses and the public to jump through yet another hoop to conduct their recycling transactions,” Jones.

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About the Association of California Recycling Industries: The Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI), a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of independent recyclers throughout California, is committed to promoting free market principles and ethical practices, fostering awareness of recycling issues, and leading the development of recycling policy.  For more information about the Association of California Recycling Industries please visit: www.acrinow.org.

PRESS RELEASE: Recycling Industry Leaders Discuss Impacts of China's Green Fence Initiative

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Recycling Industry Leaders Discuss Impacts of China’s Green Fence Initiative

ACRI Provides Firsthand Experience to Federal Maritime Commission

Related to Regional Jobs and Environmental Protection

San Gabriel, Calif., July, 2013 - The Association of California Recycling Industries recently met with representatives of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to discuss impacts of a new environmental regulation on recycled materials that enter China.

The Green Fence Initiative, which took effect in February 2013, is intended to prevent the importation of certain scrap materials being shipped to China for recycling.  Scrap materials, including paper, plastic and metals, are the leading export from the United States to China. The Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI) membership is comprised of the largest scrap metal exporters in the region.

“We appreciated the opportunity to share our thoughts and experience with the Commission. As leading providers of recycling jobs and Chinese exporters throughout Southern California, it is important that a correct balance is reached when it comes to protecting our environment and ensuring such regulation doesn’t negatively impact our economy.  ACRI has always believed that both can be achieved if thoughtfully addressed.” stated Trini Jones, ACRI President.

ACRI members acknowledge that China’s initiative could change the way they do business and confirm that some exports have been reduced.  Yet, members believe there may be some positive long term impacts as a result of the initiative.  These positive elements could include creating a level playing field whereby all recycling companies who do business with China are required to adhere to the same standards related to materials entering in the country.

“Recycling has become a major component of our economy.  Whether it is plastic, metal or paper products, the recycling of these materials is important to both the economic stability of our region, as well as protecting the environment,” said Jones. ”By working together, both goals can be achieved.”

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About the Association of California Recycling Industries: The Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI), a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of independent recyclers throughout California, is committed to promoting free market principles and ethical practices, fostering awareness of recycling issues, and leading the development of recycling policy.  For more information about the Association of California Recycling Industries please visit: www.acrinow.org.

Port of Oakland Bets on Big Changes to Steer Global Commerce to the Bay Area

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The San Jose Mercury News has published an article highlighting the Port of Oakland and its mission to bring commerce to the Bay Area and its efforts compete with the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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Clerks at L.A., Long Beach ports finally ratify labor accord

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The Los Angeles Times reports that the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have ratified a labor deal and avoided new labor strikes by port workers.

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New State Laws

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Several new State laws have been signed by the Governor.  They are listed below with a link to a copy of the bill language.  If you would like more information, please contact Todd Priest at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


AB 316 - Grand Theft to include Copper 


AB 341 -  Recycling Diversion Rate to 75% by 2010, include multi-family dwellings 


AB 391 - Electronic Reporting  


AB 712 - Deny money to cities that ban supermarket recycling centers 


AB 1149 -  Extend Recycling Program Payments through 2017 


AB 1181 - Weights and Measures: Pricing  


AB 1508 - Payment Restrictions 


AB 1583 - Prohibition on Marked Pallets 


AB 1933 - Out of State materials reporting 


SB 567 - Labeling Requirements: Compostable Plastics 

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