AB 1512

Fri, 22 Jan 1999 16:55:03 -0500

Note to list members outside of California: AB 1512, sponsored by
Californians Against Waste and introduced by California Assembly
Member Shelley , would expand the "Bottle Bill" in California to
include containers that house the newer beverages that have entered
the market (e.g., sports drinks, waters, iced teas, juices). Below
is what I am submitting for Mr. Rick Best's (of Californians Against
Waste) consideration. I also welcome comments from others.

Dear Rick,

In general, I applaud your efforts regarding AB 1512. However, I am
worried that by focusing solely within the "beverage container
paradigm" we are introducing some hard-to-recycle materials (coated
paperboard, aseptic packages, flexible drink bag packages, LDPE
(fruit drink containers)), while excluding containers that are made
of readily recyclable materials (e.g., ferrous and aluminum food and
pet food containers). The Bill Analysis and the Department of
Conservation's earlier recommendations on expanding containers within
the program mention the same type of things. Just because the
original statute was titled "Beverage Container Recycling and Litter
Reduction Act" does not mean we can not look outside the realm of
beverage containers. I personally feel that some
revisions/amendments that are sensitive to this will increase the
bill's chance of passage.

Have you considered companion legislation that will increase recycled
content requirements? I have heard some talk about stepping above
35% for glass again (is this in a bill?).

Thanks and I look forward to your response.

Best regards,

Dave Reynolds