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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.

CalRecycle: Less Waste Went to California Landfills Last Year

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For Immediate Release
July 25, 2012

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Media Contacts: Mark Oldfield Heather Jones

Less Waste Went to California Landfills Last Year

SACRAMENTO – Californians continued reducing waste in 2011, throwing away a record low 4.4 pounds of garbage per day.

This figure, called the per capita disposal rate, is calculated each year by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). In short, it is the total amount of trash disposed of at home and in workplaces, divided by the state population. Residential, commercial, industrial, and construction and demolition waste is included in the figure.

The rate is a modest improvement over 2010 and is the lowest since disposal reporting began in 1989. It is also down 1.9 pounds from the peak of 6.3 pounds per resident per day in 2005. The overall state “diversion rate equivalent” stands at 65 percent, meaning nearly two-thirds of the 86 million tons of waste generated in the state last year was kept out of landfills.

“These rates are proof that we have strong and effective resource management efforts in the state,” CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen said. “Now we have a new goal: 75 percent recycling statewide. We’re excited to work with local communities and support emerging markets to recycle and divert even more solid waste in the years to come.”

AB 341, signed into law last fall, sets a goal that California source reduce, recycle or compost 75 percent of its waste by the year 2020. CalRecycle is responsible for developing a plan to achieve that goal, and has crafted a working document to foster discussion among interested parties on how it might be accomplished.

In all, the state’s 37.4 million residents disposed of 29.9 tons of waste last calendar year. Of that, 99 percent went to California landfills, while the remaining 1 percent was exported out of the state. The employee disposal rate, a calculation used to determine waste disposal rates for businesses, was 11.3 pounds per employee per day with an overall diversion rate equivalent of 64 percent, compared to 63 percent in 2010.

According to the California Department of Finance, labor markets, real estate markets, and construction activity all showed some improvement in 2011. So far, this has not translated into increases in disposal. However, as the recovery picks up steam and the California economy improves, solid waste generation will increase as people find work, build more, produce more, and buy more. Having effective diversion and recycling plans in place will stimulate the economy that much more by providing material for the state’s recycling market.

To learn more about the 75 percent recycling goal and California’s waste disposal rates, see CalRecycle’s website at The following chart lists disposal and population data from 1995 to 2011.

California Statewide Waste Disposal, Population and Per Resident Disposal 1995—2001:

(million tons)
Per Resident Disposal
2011 29.9 37.4 4.4
2010 30.4 37.2 4.5
2009 31.1 38.3 4.5
2008 35.5 37.9 5.1
2007 39.3 37.5 5.7
2006 41.4 37.1 6.1
2005 42.5 36.7 6.3
2004 41.3 36.2 6.2
2003 40.2 35.7 6.2
2002 38.2 35.1 6.0
2001 38.1 34.4 6.1
2000 38.6 33.7 6.3
1999 37.4 33.1 6.2
1998 37.2 32.7 6.2
1997 35.2 32.2 6.0
1996 33.8 31.8 5.8
1995 34.2 31.6 5.9

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CalRecycle is the state's leading authority on recycling, waste reduction, and product reuse. CalRecycle plays an important role in the stewardship of California's vast resources and promotes innovation in technology to encourage economic and environmental sustainability. For more information, visit

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

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 .

Legislative Update - ACRI Opposes AB 950

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ACRI has joined a coalition of small and large employers throughout California opposing AB 950 (Perez-D & Swanson-D). AB 950 mandates that for purposes of state employment law, a drayage truck owner/operator would be deemed an "employee" rather than an independent "contractor." AB 950 would lead to the loss of hundreds of small businesses and will increase already high unemployment rates and the cost of goods throughout California.

Click here to view ACRI's letter in opposition to AB 950.

ACRI will continue to track AB 950 and provide updates. If you would like to submit a letter opposing AB 950 feel free to use language included in the ACRI opposition letter, on your company letterhead. Please fax the letter to the California State Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment at (916) 319-2191.

Legislative Update - ACRI Supports AB 712

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ACRI is supporting AB 712 (Williams-D).  AB 712 recognizes the critical need for recycling facilities to be easily accessible in all communities.  If California is to be successful in meeting its current recycling/diversion requirements, every effort must be made to ensure that the appropriate level of recycling collection facilities are zoned and approved.

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