Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 09:42:53 -0700
From: "Mark Murray" <email@example.com>
Governor Davis Signs Beverage Container Recycling Legislation
On Sunday, Governor Davis signed Assembly Bill 28 by Assembly Members
Jackson and Pavley and Senators Sher and Burton, which will, among other
things increase the refund value on beverage containers to 4 cents (8
cents for containers 24 oz and larger). Additionally, the measure
implements a number of other recycling program reforms aimed at boosting
Among those changes:
· Increases quality glass incentive payments for clean, color
sorted glass collected at curbside from $25/ton, to $30/ton.
· Allows the Department to calculate a 3-7 plastic commingled rate.
· Initiates a variety of reforms to the process fee provisions,
1) Tiered manufacturer fee structure to encourage support for
2) Authorizes mid-year adjustments of processing payments when scrap
values change by 5% or more;
3) Provides a roughly $42 million processing fee rebate to beverage
manufacturers to compensate or two year overpayment;
4) Provides a roughly $38 million supplemental processing payment to
recyclers to compensate for a three year underpayment.
· Increases handling fees from $23,500,000 to $26,500,000.
· Increases litter reduction and recycling program grants from
$500,000 to $1.5 million.
· Authorizes $10 million annually, until January 1, 2007, for
market development of recycled containers.
· Authorizes up to $10 million to be transferred by the DOC to the
Recycling Infrastructure Loan Guarantee Account for new recycling
· Authorizes one year continuation of $300,000 in funding for Keep
· Authorizes up to $5 million annually for public education.
The adoption of this measure represents a tremendous victory for
California recycling. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.
Mark Murray, Executive Director
Californians Against Waste