AB 1978 is an anti-environment, anti-business, and anti-charity bill that seeks to alter the guidelines around drop box collection bins. As a market leader in the textile collection industry, USAgain has been an advocate for regulation of un-permitted bins for many years but AB 1978 is a flawed and excessive bill that will have a negative impact on a wide range of businesses, charities and their beneficiaries across California.
The bill would impose strict and unreasonable guidelines for gaining property owner permissions to place new bins. It also wipes out the liability of towing companies that remove bins even bins placed with proper permissions. Many non-profits rely on funds generated by their collection bins to fund programs that benefit the community. Additionally, the bins provide a convenient and eco-friendly way for people to rid themselves of unwanted clothes, shoes, books, home electronics and much more. The bins keep these items in the use cycle and out of California landfills.
Please join USAgain, the California Resource Recovery Association, the Northern California Recycling Association, the California Police Chiefs Association, D.A.R.E., other non-profits and local businesses in opposing this bill, and ask Governor Jerry Brown to veto AB 1978.
Keep All Recycling and Charitable Options Open - Veto AB 1978
California has a 75% waste reduction goal by 2020. More than 70% of the world's population relies on reused textiles as the primary source for clothing themselves and their families. Textile reuse has a significant environmental and social benefit, helps to reduce the need for and cost of landfill space, creates jobs and promotes overall health in our communities.
Currently more than 880,000 tons of clothing and textiles still goes to landfills in California. AB 1978 will take away the use of collection boxes as a convenient way to reduce this amount and increase textile recycling in the State.
Please urge Governor Brown to veto AB 1978 and work with the people currently operating in the industry on effective regulation that promotes textile reuse and recycling and helps California to achieve its waste reduction goals.