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California Governor Newsom Signs Package of Forward-Looking Waste Reduction Bills Into Law

Author:Zhengyang MachineryTimes:2019-10-21
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Governor Newsom signed the CA Recycling Market Development Act, AB 1583 (by Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman). Co-sponsored by State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Republic Services, and Californians Against Waste, this legislation seizes the opportunity created by the recent loss of overseas recycling markets in China and much of Southeast Asia by reinvesting in domestic recycling and increased transparency of product recyclability. This bill reauthorizes the Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) revolving loan program and the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) sales and use tax exemption for recycling and remanufacturing equipment. It also creates a ‘Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling’ to oversee statewide messaging on recyclability and product redesign. Lastly, AB 1583 will eliminate the existing requirement for all plastic products to have the ‘chasing arrows’ symbol, a symbol that is easily confused with recyclability.
 
The bill’s author, Assemblymenber Susan Eggman issued the following statement: “Our current recycling crisis cannot be solved by any single solution – this bill is a key piece to the puzzle. Developing recycling markets in California will provide critical outlets for material that is now being rejected by foreign markets. Our recycling system is on the brink of disaster, and we need to step up and take responsibility for it.”
 
“This will create thousands of jobs and help the environment, which are two key goals of my administration,” said State Treasurer Fiona Ma. “It also directly contributes to a sustainable recycling infrastructure that is more resistant to the impacts of foreign markets, and expands the green economy.”
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