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[GreenYes] Fwd: Emails in Support of CA Zero Waste Bill
Please send emails in support of CA's Zero Waste Bill to Senator Gloria 
Romero, c/o her staff consultant Michael Miiller (no that's not a typo) at: 



>Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 13:14:33 -0800
>To: Green Yes Listserve,
>From: Gary Liss <>
>Subject: CA Zero Waste Bill Introduced
>SB1526 just introduced into the CA Legislature includes the adoption of a 
>Zero Waste goal for California (Section 7).  You can get a full copy of 
>the bill at: 
>...Section 7, as introduced, is pasted in below.  Please write to Senator 
>Gloria Romero to express strong support for the Zero Waste goal and 
>Section 7 of SB1526, as introduced.
>Gary Liss
>   SEC. 7.  Section 40004 is added to the Public Resources Code, to
>    40004.  (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the
>    (1) In 1989, the Legislature and the Governor enacted the
>California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, calling for a
>change in thinking for all Californians on how we manage our trash.
>The act has successfully increased awareness of the need to reduce
>the generation of trash, reuse valuable discarded materials, and
>recycle all recyclable materials.  In 2002, efforts such as curbside
>recycling, composting, and source reduction are a part of everyday
>life for most Californians and many California businesses.
>    (2) The 21st century presents new municipal solid waste management
>challenges for California.  At California's current annual growth
>rate of 2 percent, California's population is expected to reach 64
>million people by 2035.  Waste generation is estimated to nearly
>double in the same period. This requires a long-term strategic plan
>for sustainability.
>    (3) According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board,
>as of December 31, 2001, California's remaining capacity at
>permitted and operational landfills was only 35 years.  In urban
>areas, there were only 12 years of remaining capacity in landfills,
>and in the Los Angeles area there were only nine years of remaining
>landfill capacity.
>    (4) California's natural beauty and tourism are threatened as we
>site landfills near our national parks and in the middle of large
>population centers alike.
>    (b) The Legislature also finds and declares all of the following:
>    (1) A zero waste goal is essential in strategically managing
>    (A) Zero waste seeks to redesign the way that resources and
>materials flow through society by taking a "whole system" approach.
>It is both an "end of pipe" solution that maximizes recycling and
>waste minimization and a design principle that ensures that products
>are made to be reused, repaired, or recycled back into nature or the
>    (B) Zero waste envisions the complete redesign of the industrial
>system so that natural resources are not viewed as an endless supply
>of materials for making into products that break down within a period
>and are then discarded into landfills or incinerators.
>    (C) Zero waste is a target for all sectors of society to aim for,
>one that resets the compass so that governments, communities, and
>businesses do not base their viability on needless use of limited
>natural resources.
>    (2) A zero waste goal helps improve economic prosperity through
>improved environmental performance, using the strategy of waste
>reduction with zero waste as the ideal long-term goal.  This approach
>leads to lower cost of resources, energy, and waste management;
>higher morale; and improved community image.
>    (A) In two reports to the board in January 2002, based on studies
>conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, and the National
>Recycling Coalition, it was concluded that when material is diverted
>rather than disposed of in landfills, all of the following occurs:
>    (i) Sales or public outlays, or both, more than double, to 212
>    (ii) Income increases by more than half, to 165 percent.
>    (iii) Value-added nearly doubles, to 177 percent.
>    (iv) Jobs nearly double, to 190 percent.
>    (B) Findings from both studies show the following economic
>benefits of diversion:
>    (i) Solid waste diversion is a big business, comparable with other
>large industries in California.
>    (ii) Diversion has a bigger impact per ton on the economy than
>    (iii) The statewide economic impacts from diversion are nearly the
>same or higher than the impacts from disposal.
>    (3) The board has adopted a zero waste goal and states in its 2001
>Strategic Plan, "our aim is toward a zero-waste philosophy which
>focuses on the most efficient use of our natural resources in order
>to reduce waste and protect the environment.  The Board is committed
>to working in partnership with local government, private businesses,
>and product manufacturers to develop a future modeled on resource
>stewardship and waste minimization."
>    (4) Businesses, organizations, and municipalities all over the
>world have adopted a zero waste goal.  These include all of the
>    (A) The Hewlett Packard Company.
>    (B) The Amdahl Corporation.
>    (C) The Epson Corporation.
>    (D) The Pillsbury Company.
>    (E) The Xerox Corporation.
>    (F) Fetzer Vineyards.
>    (G) Del Mar Fairgrounds.
>    (H) The Patagonia Corporation.
>    (I) The Mad River Brewing Company.
>    (J) The Collins & Aikman Corporation.
>    (K) The Interface Corporation.
>    (L) Zanker Road Landfill.
>    (M) Namibian Breweries, Tsumeb, Namibia (a ZERI project in
>southern Africa).
>    (N) Brewers of Ontario, Canada.
>    (O) Del Norte County.
>    (P) San Luis Obispo County.
>    (Q) Santa Cruz County.
>    (R) The City of Seattle, Washington.
>    (S) The Australian Capital Territory of Canberra (No Waste by
>    (T) New Zealand.  More than one-third of New Zealand communities
>have adopted zero waste goals.
>    (c) Therefore, the Legislature finds and declares the following:
>    (1) Zero waste is the goal for the State of California.
>    (2) Strategic plans and long-term strategies of the California
>Integrated Waste Management Board, and implementation of those plans
>and strategies, should include a zero waste goal.

Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485

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