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Calif. legislator pushing bottle bill update

Keywords: Tags  bottle bill, Richard Gordon, California legislation, Natural Resources Committee, Mark Murray, Californians aAgainst Waste, recycling, Nathan Laliberte


NEW YORK — A proposal to amend California’s bottle bill is expected to be heard April 29 by the state assembly’s Natural Resources Committee.

Under the proposed amendments, large containers, including juice drinks exceeding 46 ounces, would be included in state-sponsored recycling programs. The proposal, sponsored by state assembly member Richard Gordon, also calls for updates to electronic reporting systems and expansion of market-based incentives for in-state processing and manufacturing of used beverage container materials.

"By stepping up enforcement and closing loopholes, this package of changes will bring program income and expenditures into balance without increasing costs to consumers or reducing support for core recycling programs," said Mark Murray, executive director of Sacramento, Calif.-based recycling advocacy group Californians Against Waste. "There are also amendments to reduce inefficiencies and administrative costs without compromising consumer convenience."


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