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New Coalition Advocates for Consumer-focused Solution to California’s Recycling Challenges

The state with the most producer responsibility laws is California The products andor subjects addressed by the state wellknown for its environmental leadership are batteries 2006 carpet 2010 cell phones 2004 green chemistry 2008 mattresses 2013 paint 2010 pesticide containers 2008 and mercurycontaining thermostats 2008 Several local governments have also passed EPR laws for pharmaceuticals San Francisco city and county 2015 San Mateo County 2015 Santa Clara County 201
Californians for Recycling and the Environment will promote productive conversation regarding recycling goals and challenges in SB 54 and AB 1080.

Californians for Recycling and the Environment (CRE) announced the formal launch of its coalition, whose purpose is to bring together Californians, product manufacturers and lawmakers to find an effective, environmentally responsible, consumer-focused solution to reduce the amount of plastic waste that goes into California’s landfills and litters the environment.

“CRE is absolutely committed to environmental sustainability and recycling. But we’re concerned that as currently written, SB 54 and AB 1080 will unintentionally eliminate many products that families rely on for their health and wellbeing because California doesn’t yet have the necessary recycling infrastructure in place,” said CRE spokesperson Micah Grant in a statement. “We stand ready to work with the legislature and all stakeholders to develop a thoughtful solution to our state’s recycling challenges that protects our environment, keeps Californians safe and ensures that the products we’ve come to rely on remain available and affordable.”

In the coming months, CRE will engage in a robust education and advocacy campaign that will help identify and support a thoughtful, responsible consensus solution to California’s recycling challenges.

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