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With the signing of Assembly Bill No. 815, California Governor Gavin Newsom has added another layer of accountability on cities, counties and regional agencies in the state’s quest to divert from disposal 50% of all solid waste through source reduction, recycling, and composting activities.

 

Current law requires a city, county, or regional agency to submit an annual report to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery summarizing its progress in reducing solid and household hazardous waste. The department will also review a jurisdiction’s compliance with the diversion requirements every few years to determine if the jurisdiction failed to make a good faith effort to implement its source reduction and recycling element or household hazardous waste element.

 

Now with AB 815, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery will be able to consider whether a jurisdiction has implemented a dual stream recycling program as part of its good faith effort.

 

This supports the decision made in 2019 by Mill Valley Refuse Service and the jurisdictions we serve to introduce residential dual stream recycling. Dual stream recycling collection produces cleaner, higher-quality recycling material and cuts our carbon footprint by allowing us to drop off recyclables at the Marin Recycling Center in San Rafael.

 

Thank you for doing your part!

 

You’ll find the full text of AB 815 online here.