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[GreenYes] AB2449-NCRA needs to ask Governor to veto now


Mary Lou,

Thanks for your action. However, it's now on the
Governor's desk. Please send a note to the Governor ASAP to ask for his veto!

Gary

At 12:17 PM 8/31/2006, Mary Lou Van Deventer wrote:
>Re: AB2449
>Position: Oppose unless amended
>
>Honorable Member Levine:
>
>The Northern California Recycling Association must oppose the current
>wording of AB2449, which is intended to increase the recycling of
>plastic carryout bags from groceries. We certainly applaud the
>intent but cannot support the current configuration.
>
>The most important and fatal flaw is that the bill now restricts
>localities from imposing fees, bans, levies, and restrictions, on
>plastic carryout bags. Local actions have often driven large, even
>global recycling improvements and innovations in the past, and it is
>critical to retain local power and flexibility so communities can
>control their own resource flows.
>
>Beyond that concern, NCRA agrees with the Earth Resource Foundation
>and other environmentalists and recyclers that:
>
>- Plastic carryout bags should be made from recycled
>feedstocks;
>- Stores should be encouraged to reduce their use of
>plastic bags overall;
>- The bill should cover all plastic bags from groceries,
>including produce bags; and
>- Storesâ?? staff, especially grocery clerks and managers,
>should be trained regarding the environmental harms of plastic bags
>and benefits of reusable bags.
>
>Thank you for starting motion in a good direction for sustainable
>resource management, and we hope the bill can be amended to protect
>local power and include these other concerns. If it cannot be
>amended, NCRA opposes it and will support future efforts to craft a
>more comprehensive bill that moves the state quickly along the urgent
>path to Zero Waste.
>
>Respectfully yours,
>
>
>Mary Lou Van Deventer
>President
>Northern California Recycling Association
>
>
>1 attachment - same text in PDF document with NCRA letterhead
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>Re:AB2449
>Position:Oppose unless amended
>
>Honorable Member Levine:
>
>The Northern California Recycling Association
>must oppose the current wording of AB2449, which
>is intended to increase the recycling of plastic
>carryout bags from groceries. We certainly
>applaud the intent but cannot support the current configuration.
>
>The most important and fatal flaw is that the
>bill now restricts localities from imposing
>fees, bans, levies, and restrictions, on plastic
>carryout bags. Local actions have often driven
>large, even global recycling improvements and
>innovations in the past, and it is critical to
>retain local power and flexibility so
>communities can control their own resource flows.
>
>Beyond that concern, NCRA agrees with the Earth
>Resource Foundation and other environmentalists and recyclers that:
>
>- Plastic carryout bags should be made from recycled feedstocks;
>- Stores should be encouraged to
>reduce their use of plastic bags overall;
>- The bill should cover all plastic
>bags from groceries, including produce bags; and
>- Stores? staff, especially grocery
>clerks and managers, should be trained regarding
>the environmental harms of plastic bags and benefits of reusable bags.
>
>Thank you for starting motion in a good
>direction for sustainable resource management,
>and we hope the bill can be amended to protect
>local power and include these other
>concerns. If it cannot be amended, NCRA opposes
>it and will support future efforts to craft a
>more comprehensive bill that moves the state
>quickly along the urgent path to Zero Waste.
>
>Respectfully yours,
>
>
>Mary Lou Van Deventer
>President
>Northern California Recycling Association
>
>
>1 attachment - same text in PDF document with NCRA letterhead
>
>
>
>
>

Gary Liss
916-652-7850
Fax: 916-652-0485
www.garyliss.com

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