2 bills aim to impact recycling in the North State

Two new recycling bills are on Governor Newsom’s desk. Action News Now reporter Jafet Serrato breaks down both bills.

Posted: Sep 14, 2019 6:14 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2019 8:44 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Two new recycling bills are on Governor Newsom’s desk.

Action News Now reporter Jafet Serrato breaks down both bills.

“I think in general the bill itself I think is a good bill. It’s a good direction to go in,” Kim Scott of Chico Scrap Metal said.

Scott is talking about Assembly Bill 792. She works at Chico Scrap Metal she said she's all for protecting the environment.

“We’ve seen a number of news reports about what’s going on with plastics in the water and in the oceans, things in that nature," Scott said. "So, of course, moving forward environmentally and in the recycling industry seems like it’s an important step to take.”

If Gov. Newsom signs the bill, companies would need to make their bottles made up of at least 10 percent recycled material beginning in 2021.

“I think it could become a costly transition. Change often is in the industry. Any change usually comes with a cost. So I think the bigger companies that have to be responsible for that are going to come with some real challenges,” Scott said.

Scott added that there are challenges with the quality of plastic that's out there.

"So I think this bill moving in that direction might be a really good bill, but there’s a big question mark of the unknown,” Scott said.

The big question mark could be the cost of the bill.

“If there’s any shift as far as money back to the consumer, I think you will find this product not making it into the recycling centers,” Scott said.

Assembly Bill 54 also on the governor’s desk would sponsor mobile recycling centers to go to communities without access to them.

“I think that’s also going to be very difficult," Scott said. "Where are you going to do that at? You kind of have that challenge when some companies were set up at the parking lots at major grocery stores like Safeway in this area and places like that,” Scott said.

AB 792 says the state will penalize companies that don’t comply.

Newsom has until Oct. 13 to sign the bills into law.

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