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[GreenYes] FW: Bottle Bill Reform to Provide $100 million in Recycling and Market Development Incentives



GREETINGS: I'm forwarding this message from CAW's Mark Murray about AB
3056, a bill that Bottle Bill reform package that will provide consumers,
recyclers, processors and end-users with tens of millions of dollars in new,
direct financial incentives to increase collection and recycling of used
beverage containers. Please read his email below!!!!

Patricia Franklin
Executive Director
Container Recycling Institute
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20036-1904
Tel.(202) 263-0999 Fax: (202) 263-0949
www.container-recycling.org and www.bottlebill.org
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-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Murray [mailto:CAW@no.address]
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 6:09 PM
To: pfranklin@no.address
Subject: Bottle Bill Reform to Provide $100 million in Recycling and Market
Development Incentives




Dear Friends and Colleagues:

This is it! After months of negotiations, the Assembly Natural Resources
Committee this morning unveiled a comprehensive and thoughtful Bottle Bill
reform package that will provide consumers, recyclers, processors and
end-users with tens of millions of dollars in new, direct financial
incentives to increase collection and recycling of used beverage containers.
This is the single most important and beneficial recycling measure that the
legislature can enact this year.

But we need your help to move AB 3056 out of the legislature and on to the
Governor?s Desk during the final week of the legislative session:

1) Forward this Action Alert to every recycling program coordinator your
know.

2) Fax an Organizational support letter to CAW.

3) Send a personal letter of support to your State Senator.


Despite the overall great success of California's Bottle Bill, container
recycling rates have stagnated at about 60% for the last few years. This
proposal addresses this problem with a package of thoughtful and proven
consumer and recycler incentives designed to: increase collection; improve
material quality; and stimulate California market demand. We believe that
these market-based incentives have the potential to substantially improve
recycling rates -- especially for problematic plastic containers. Among the
measure?s key features:

? Provides the Department of Conservation with the authority to utilize
surplus redemption funds to provide both consumers and curbside recycling
programs with a boost in refund value during the first six months of 2007.
This provision represents the single largest 'bonus payment' to consumers in
the 20 year history of the program, and -- if properly promoted by the
department -- serve to stimulate consumer recycling and curbside recovery.
? Expands the successful Quality Glass Incentive Program to all materials,
which will provide a market-based incentive for the 15 to 20% of containers
collected at curbside that are not currently being recycled. This provision
will also increase California manufacturers' ability to use collected
recyclables.
? Establishes a much needed market development payment program for plastic
containers in order to support and expand the development of
California-based enterprises for the processing and use of recycled plastic.
Today, upwards of 90% of plastic beverage containers collected in California
are exported overseas for recycling.
? Provides $5 million in one-time grants to local governments and
non-profits to establish and expand beverage container recycling
opportunities at multi-family dwellings.
? Increases the department?s market development grant authority to $20
million annually (up from the current $10 million).
? Provides $20 million in one-time grants to community conservation corps
for beverage container recycling and litter reduction projects at schools,
government buildings, bars & restaurants, parks and multi-family dwellings.


All told, AB 3056 provides consumers, recyclers and manufacturers with more
than $100 million in additional recycling stimulus in 2007.

AB 3056 is a thoughtful and balanced package that is universally supported
by private and non-profit recyclers, local governments, container
manufacturers, retailers, beverage producers and environmental groups.


But we need your help to get it through the Senate and to the Governor's
desk. Please click here now for a model letter that can be changed to
reflect your organization's perspective or sent as is to your senator asking
for his or her support for AB 3056. Or, to send an e-mail directly to your
senator, click here.

Thank you,

Mark Murray
Executive Director



P.S. AB 3056 can increase the state's recycling rate by as much as 20%.
Please take action now to send a message to your senator to vote "Yes" on
the most important recycling bill of the 2005-06 legislative session.






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