RECYCLING UPDATE 2021
POSTPONED TO MARCH 2022!
Come to the 10/21 Zooooom Membership Meeting instead!
Come to the 10/21 Zooooom Membership Meeting instead!
By Doug Brooms, ZWAC Co-Chair, 9/13/21
The California Legislative Session for 2021 has now adjourned, as of 9/10/21. All of the Bills that have successfully passed both the Assembly and Senate Floor votes are now at some stage of amendments being concurred in, then next sent to Engrossing and Enrolling, and then presented to the Governor’s Office.
Bills which NCRA support typically come via two sources. Historically, NCRA selects Bills of interest from CalRecycles Priority List to write letters of support, which last March had begun with over 80 proposed Bills. For the second consecutive year, NCRA has been a member organization of the Clean Seas Lobby Coalition (CSLC), under the guidance of EcoConsult. NCRA is a signatory to these group sign-on letters of support.
These following ten Bills which NCRA supports have successfully emerged from the 2021 Legislature:
Priority Bills of both the CSLC and CalRecycle (4)
AB 881 Gonzalez, Lorena D Plastic waste: diversion: recycling: export.
AB 962 Kamlager D California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: reusable beverage containers.
AB 1276 Carrillo D Single-use food accessories and service ware.
SB 343 Allen D Environmental advertising: recycling symbol.
Priority Bills of CalRecycle – NCRA Letters of Support (4)
AB 680 Burke D Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: California Jobs Plan Act of 2021
AB 1261 Burke D State Air Resources Board: greenhouse gas emissions: incentive programs.
SB 27 Skinner D Carbon sequestration: Natural and working lands: registry of projects.
SB 244 Archuleta D Lithium-ion batteries: illegal disposal: fire prevention.
Regrettably, there were eight other NCRA supported Bills entering August, that ultimately did not pass out of the Legislature:
NCRA Letters of Support (5)
AB 284 Rivas, Robert D California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: climate goal: natural and working lands.
AB 501 Garcia, Cristina D Reduction of human remains and the disposition of reduced human remains.
AB 1086 Aguiar-Curry D Organic waste: implementation strategy.
SB 459 (Allen) Political Reform Act of 1974: Lobbying
SB 752 (Allen) Elections: Disclosure of Contributions
During the next several days, letters of support, previously addressed to Bill authors and to committee chairpersons, will be revised and addressed to Governor Newsom to urge his signature. Governor Newsom will have until October 10 to either veto or to sign Bills into law. Last year, Governor Newsom had signed into law a total of six Bills which NCRA had supported. This year, we’re entering with ten, with expectations of doing at least as well.
On Thursday, August 19, after careful evaluation of all options, the NCRA Board decided not to hold Recycling Update on October 5. Instead we will host:
We will be sending future notices with more specifics. We have not yet determined whether RU in March 2022 will be in-person or virtual.
The decision to postpone RU was made for the following reasons:
Thank you to the RU Program Committee for their hard work, to the confirmed Speakers for their flexibility and to the Board and Staff for making this challenging decision.
Thank you to the 168 people who responded to the RU preferences survey. It really helped clarify this decesion.
If your NCRA membership has expired, please log-in to renew your membership ASAP! This ensures you will continue to receive the NCRA News and discounts on NCRA events. Your membership help support NCRA’s advocacy and education efforts throughout the year. Because we did not receive the usual membership renewals around RU you this year, NCRA’s membership and funds have been diminished.
Recycling Update 2021 will be held on October 5. As always, the NCRA Board and RU Committees are working to set up an engaging and informative event.
This year, we want to be particularly sensitive as we navigate the COVID transition. To better serve you, please fill out this short anonymous survey ASAP or before August 15:
Upcoming Meeting: Second Tuesdays of most months at 5:30pm via Zoom. Call in at 5pm for sharing. All are invited to attend. RSVP
The NCRA Zero Waste Advocacy Committee has been hosting a monthly “ZWAC Show”, featuring a recycling or sustainability topic of contemporary interest and a brief reading about a Recycling Pioneer from the Recycling Archives. Check here for the schedule.
During the 2021 Legislative session, ZWAC had hosted three monthly discussions about the Bottle Bill, however the leading Bills faltered, and a last ditch effort to rescue CRV bottle deposit redemption centers failed.
Jeff Donlevy of the Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling and Business Development Manager at Recycling Industries, Inc, had been “in the room” throughout, and discussed the who, what and why, and what portends for next year.
Recycling Archives: Gerry Gillespie, a founding member of Zero Waste International Alliance, discussed how he played a key role in the first governmental adoption of a Zero Waste program in Australia.
Attorney Cynthia Chandler, featured in the documentary Belly of the Beast recounted her fight against State of California law and policy that began with Nazi-era eugenics that lead to our state prisons sterilizing women, mostly women of color, without their consent.
Nancy Gorrell, long time Berkeley activist, spoke about how she helped catalyze the reconfiguring of a holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus to one celebrating indigenous peoples.
Recycling Archives: Nancy went on to also discuss Berkeley’s landmark Styrofoam ban, and her zero waste artwork
Sumona Majumdar, general legal counsel to Earth Island Institute, discussed their newest lawsuit against plastic product makers like Coca-Cola, and how it differs from other anti-plastic campaigns which target misleading advertising about recyclability in plastic.
Panel Discussion Resource Recovery Businesses:
Neil Seldman of the Washington DC based Institute for Local Self-Reliance discussed his many years of research into the benefits of local resource recovery.
Three founder/owners of Bay Area resource recovery businesses each discussed their experiences, why and how they started their businesses, their market niches, how they impact zero waste and create jobs at the same time:
Stephanie Regni, Fillgood in Berkeley. https://www.fillgood.co/
Nikki Kozlowski, Wisdom Supply. https://www.wisdomsupplyco.com/
Will Bakx, Sonoma Compost. http://www.sonomacompost.com/
Attorney Lori Mendez of the Save the Albatross Coalition discussed ongoing battles against plastic pollution.
Brenda Platt of the Institute for Local Self Reliance and directs ILSR’s Communities for Compost project, discussed advances in composting, soil policy, and carbon sequestration.
Monica Wilson, Policy and Research Coordinator of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, spoke about the continuing global problem of garbage incineration.
Recycling Archives: Brenda Platt
At the 4/13 meeting, there had been a strong consensus that ZWAC and NCRA should try to promote legislation to help CRV Bottle deposit redemption centers. However there was no bill in the current legislative session to achieve this. Discussed were essential features and strategies for a revised Bottle Bill, which would need a huge social media and community outreach component to succeed.
Recycling Archives: Delyn Kies, inspirational story of how she spearheaded environmental legislation in Oregon in the 1990s.
Susan Collins, President of the Container Recycling Institute, and Richard Valle, Alameda County Supervisor and President of Tri-CED, each provided answers, insights and perspectives on pertinent Bill proposals.
Adolfo Ramirez, owner of BC Recycling Inc, with several buyback facilities serving the most disadvantaged populations in Visalia, described the shortcomings of the current and proposed Bottle Bill legislation.
Dr. Dan Knapp, President of Urban Ore Inc, discussed the sociology of recycling and why personal contact with redemption centers is such an important part of zero waste that cannot be served only by machines.
Recycling Archives: Susan Kinsella, Director of the Recycling Archives, read passages from the early transformative years the youthful Dr. Knapp.
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