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[GreenYes] Fwd: OPPOSE AB2449 - DON'T LET OUR LOCAL RIGHTS BE TAKEN AWAY


Apologies for Cross-Postings

Feel free to copy my email below to send something ASAP to
Assemblymember Levine.

Gary Liss

>Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 13:17:56 -0700
>To: Assemblymember.levine@no.address
>From: Gary Liss <gary@no.address>
>Subject: OPPOSE AB2449 - DON'T LET OUR LOCAL RIGHTS BE TAKEN AWAY
>Cc: stephanie.barger@no.address, murray@no.address,
>scottsmithline@no.address (Scott Smithline)
>
>Honorable Assemblymember Levine:
>
>PLEASE DON'T LET OUR LOCAL RIGHTS BE TAKEN AWAY in AB2449.
>
>I am working on Zero Waste plans for communities throughout the
>state, and the benefits for AB2449 do not merit the loss of local
>rights that are now.
>
>I concur with all the concerns expressed by CAPP (below).
>
>PLEASE OPPOSE AB2449 in its latest amended form.
>
>Gary Liss
>Zero Waste Consultant
>********************
>At 12:21 PM 8/30/2006, Stephanie Barger wrote:
>Why we oppose it:
>
>1) the opening paragraph suggests that there will be some type of
>recycled content in the plastic bags comparing it to the trash bag
>bill. Yet this is just about collecting bags
>
>2) most stores already do this and more. This requires plastic
>carryout bags yet most stores collect carryout, dry cleaning,
>produce, newspapers, etc.
>
>3) there is no requirement for the plastic bags to be made out of
>recycled content
>
>4) there is no requirement for the store to reduce their plastic
>bag usage as was done in San Francisco
>
>5) there is no requirement to provide incentives for people who use
>reusable bags or any requirement that so many consumers use reusable bags
>
>6) there is no money for enforcement, education, etc
>
>7) the "store" requirement is for very large stores and doesn't
>even use CIWMB definition for stores which is based on revenues,
>etc. including more stores (we would like to include malls, 7-11,
>99cent stores, etc)
>
>8) it states that the manufacturer has to develop educational
>materials and make available to the store yet it doesn't make the
>store put up the materials
>
>9) no education of clerks, managers and other staff on the harms of
>plastic, bag packing, benefits economically and environmentally on
>using reusable bags
>
>We have only been successful with our smoke free beaches,
>anti-polystyrene, zero waste, etc by letting the local cities and
>counties develop grassroots movements and ordinances which work for them.
>
>The County of Orange is in the process of smoke free beaches and
>parks and have drafted their anti-polystyrene ordinance. It has
>taken a while but it is happening and most importantly people are
>educated and understand the bigger picture.

Gary Liss
Gary Liss & Associates
4395 Gold Trail Way
Loomis, CA 95650-8929
916-652-7850
Fax: 916-652-0485
gary@no.address
www.garyliss.com

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