On January 29, the California Senate voted to pass a bill requiring state regulators to develop new minimum recycling standards for beverage containers and to develop an extended producer responsibility (EPR) system that would replace the state Beverage Bank Deposit Act .
Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), the sponsor of the bill, said: "This is a big step forward that will improve the environmental and economic returns of the recycling market and will focus on improving it in a holistic manner National Empty Bottle Recycling Bill. "
Senator Bob Wieckowski of California introduced a bill calling for the establishment of a minimum returnable ingredient standard for beverage containers and an extended producer responsibility (EPR) system
The California environmental group Californians Anti-Waste Alliance (CAW) praised the bill, saying California needed a higher percentage of its "new generation policy" of recoverable components. Wieckowski said the state's beverage container deposit tax does not create a strong domestic market for recycled materials.
The legislation is produced by a series of reports and hearings convened by the executive and the Senate. Now the bill will be submitted to the state legislature.
A legislative analysis of the bill states that the California container deposit system faces a structural deficit of about $ 75 million in recent years, while lawmakers point out that some community recycling centers are forced to close.