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Funding Recycling Programs & Infrastructure in California

August 25, 2015

California Resource Recovery Association Annual Conference and Trade Show, Los Angeles, CA Presenter: Rob Hilton , Vice President

As California and each of its local agencies move towards 75% Recycling (AB 341) and commercial organics programs take hold (under AB 1826), the current method of funding recycling based on waste disposal will no longer work. If we want to get to zero waste, we must push upstream to create incentives for national and multi-national corporations to redesign and repackage materials to be less wasteful, less toxic, and more recyclable. In addition, to handle the anticipated increase in recycling and organics processing, California needs to develop potentially hundreds of new recycling and organics management facilities to handle the demand. This presentation discusses various options for restructuring funding to support diversion programs and facilities.