The ACRI Board has been engaged in many bills that impact our industry. One bill, SB 452, was particularly troublesome for ACRI members as it was not the comprehensive approach to CRV reform we were all hoping for and instead would have inhibited the program from the real reform. As written, the bill prioritized the recycling rate over integrity of the Beverage Container Recycling Fund and attempted to preserve and revive the current Handling Fee structure, which is misused, outdated and broken.
Governor Brown vetoed the bill stating, "SB 452 is inconsistent with the Administration's principles for reforming and modernizing this program," in his veto message.
We will continue to work with state leadership on legislation that will preserve and protect the rights of independent recyclers across the state.