California Air Resource Board

SDCAA is part of a coalition objecting to the adoption by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) of a solid-waste recycling regulation that would obligate rental housing owners to institute systematic recycling even if it is economically and physically infeasible.  The position on the regulation is consistent with the SDCAA’s opposition to AB 341 (Chesbro), a bill to establish new solid waste recycling requirements for commercial and residential properties.   AB 341 passed the Legislature and was signed by the Governor.

This week SDCAA joined its coalition partners – the California Association of REALTORS® (CAR), the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) and the Santa Barbara Rental Properties Association (SBRPA) – in a letter to CARB to express its specific objections to the regulation (see attached).   SDCAA lobbyists were also on hand to testify at CARB’s public hearing on the regulation, held today, Friday, October 21.

However, CARB decided to drop any further work on its regulation in light of the enactment of AB 341 and the impending commencement by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to develop separate regulations to implement the new law.  The coalition, which has indicated its support for expanding existing recycling policies and programs – both state and local – is particularly concerned about the potential expense of meeting the new state requirements, the potential compliance problems (if, for example, tenants chose not to participate in recycling) and the need to get credit if good-faith efforts to implement the new program are made by rental property owners.

Today’s action by CARB – to defer to AB 341 – once again raises the question of whether SDCAA and its allies want to pursue curative legislation next year.  This issue will be among those discussed during a SDCAA policy and planning meeting next week.

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