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Los Angeles Times Highlights Issues Facing CRV Fund

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The Los Angeles Times has posted an article on the rampant and illegal redemption of recycling materials brought in from other states and redeemed in California, bringing to light that the state pays out millions each year in fraudulent claims. 

For the article, please click here.

Gordon Bill on Recycling Fraud Signed by Governor

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Recent ACRI speaker Assemblyman Richard Gordon continues to lead the fight against recycling fraud. For information on the new law, please click here.

Elliot Block Appointed Deputy Director of the CA Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery

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Elliot Block, 51, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director, legal counsel at the California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery, where he has served since 2006. Block served as staff counsel at the California Integrated Waste Management Board from 1992 to 2005 and as staff counsel at the Fair Political Practices Commission from 1989 to 1992. He was managing attorney at the Fair Housing Council of Orange County from 1984 to 1988. Block earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law.

New Recycling State Laws

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The following are recently adopted laws by the State of California:

Assembly Bill No. 712, Williams.  Recycling: beverage containers.

Effective July 1, 2012

This bill prohibits the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery from making any payments, grants, or loans to a city, county, or city and county, if the city, county, or city and county has adopted or is enforcing a land use restriction that prevents the siting or operation of a certified recycling center at a supermarket site.

Link to Legislation: AB 712

Assembly Bill No. 341, Chesbro.  Solid waste: diversion.

Effective July 1, 2012

This bill requires a business that generates more than 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week, or is a multifamily residential dwelling of 5 units or more, to arrange for recycling services.

Link to Legislation: AB 341

Assembly Bill No. 1971, Buchanan.  Theft: junk, metals, and secondhand materials.

Effective January 1, 2013

This bill changes the language regarding the theft of metal materials from “is punishable” to “shall be punished” and increases the maximum fine for the theft of metal materials to an amount not to exceed $1,000.

Link to Legislation: AB 1971

Senate Bill No. 567, DeSaulnier.  Recycling: plastic products.

Effective January 1, 2013

This bill prohibits the sale of a plastic product, labeled as “compostable,” “home compostable,” or “marine degradable” unless it meets the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard specifications, the OK Compost HOME certification, or a standard adopted by the department, or unless the plastic product is labeled with a qualified claim for this the department has adopted and existing standard, and the plastic product meets that standard.

Link to Legislation: SB 567

Assembly Bill No. 818, Blumenfield.  Solid Waste: multifamily dwellings.

Effective January 1, 2012

This bill enacts the Renter’s Right to Recycle Act which would require an owner of a multifamily dwelling, defined as a residential facility that consists of 5 or more living units, to arrange for recycling services that are appropriate and available for the multifamily dwelling, consistent with state or local laws or requirements applicable to the collection, handling, or recycling of solid waste.

Link to Legislation: AB 818

Assembly Bill No. 316, Carter.  Grand theft: copper materials.

Effective January 1, 2012

This bill provides that every person who steals, takes, or carries away copper materials which are of a value exceeding $950 is guilty of grand theft, punishable by a fine not exceeding $2,500, imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in a county jail or state prison not exceeding 16 months, or 2 or 3 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000, as specified.

Link to Legislation: AB 316

Assembly Bill No. 1149, Gordon.  Beverage containers: recycling and litter reduction: funds.

Effective January 1, 2012

This bill extends market development payments for empty plastic containers until January 1, 2017.

Link to Legislation: AB 1149

LATimes: Recycling Fund at Risk??

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Industry News: As the governor and lawmakers make ever-deeper cuts, accounting discrepancies mean that large sums, such as $113 million in a recycling program, may be untapped, according to the Los Angeles Times.

For more information, view the entire article in the Los Angeles Times.

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