Governor Brown Signs Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry’s Bill to Help Local Governments Achieve Goals for Sustainable Waste Management

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sacramento, CA – This week, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1572, authored by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters). This bill gives the California Department of Resources and Recycling Recovery (CalRecycle) greater flexibility in ensuring locals comply with sustainable waste management law while reducing burdens associated with oversight for areas that exceed state requirements.

“California just took a stand against climate change by passing a landmark a Cap and Trade extension,” said Aguiar-Curry. “Sustainable waste management strategies are another way Californians can continue to fight global warming. When we reduce waste and divert organic material from in landfills, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions. AB 1572 ensures CalRecycle is implementing these waste management programs in the most effective way possible.”

Legislation passed in 2016 asks locals to divert 50% of all organic waste from landfills by 2020 and 75% by 2025. These ambitious goals are in addition to other existing laws asking local governments to reduce waste at the source, increase recycling efforts, and safely handle hazardous waste. Collectively, these laws will produce environmentally conscious waste management strategies at the local level.  AB 1572 is an important step in determining how to consolidate state review processes while achieving these sustainability goals. 

“Our local partners are committed to sustainable waste management,” said Aguiar-Curry. “We need to make sure compliance review processes are not duplicative or overly burdensome, especially for those who far exceed state goals. I look forward to building on these successful efforts in the future. CalRecycle has been a great partner in achieving these goals.”

This is the second of two bills by Aguiar-Curry that were presented to and signed by the Governor. Aguiar-Curry hopes to keep up this momentum as the 2016-17 Legislative Session heads into its final few weeks.