This year, at the urging of PLA and others, State Assembly member Todd Gloria introduced a bill to revise California’s recycling laws.
The current Beverage Container Recycling Program was crafted in the 1980s, before cities created strong recycling programs and most residents had a personal recycling center.
Many in our community are concerned with the noise and safety of state-mandated commercial recycling centers drawing people from beyond local neighborhoods to recycle containers they did not purchase.
The issue was a hot topic at Gloria’s Community Coffee Meeting last February.
In March, Todd Gloria co-sponsored SB-452 The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act.
The bill passed the Assembly on a vote of 37–1. But the Governor did not sign it.
To the Members of the California State Senate:
I am returning Senate Bill 452 without my signature.
This bill makes various changes to the Beverage Container Recycling Program, which include adjustments to handling fees, processing payments, and convenience zones.
SB 452 is inconsistent with the Administration's principles for reforming and modernizing this program, which was created in 1986. Any legislation to update these statutes should balance three different components: fiscal sustainability, improved collection and incentives for innovative recycling.
This bill does not accomplish any of these goals.
Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Assembly member Gloria attended our December PLA Board meeting and indicated he may take another shot at updating the law.
“Governor Brown’s veto of Senate Bill 452, a bill I co-authored with Senator Glazer, was disappointing. With this bill, we sought to modify outdated recycling policies to not only keep encouraging Californians to recycle, but modernize some of the mandates on convenience zones and the certified recycling centers within them. Currently, my staff and I are evaluating whether reintroducing a similar, more comprehensive version of this bill is viable and will have more details when the Legislature reconvenes in January.”
There may be a rematch. Stay tuned.