SF Bay Regional Water Board - Trash Workshop

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Nov. 8, 2013

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board will hold a public workshop on November 13 at 1pm (1515 Clay St, Oakland) to discuss trash reduction mandates and how municipalities may determine compliance with future permitting requirements. 

The Board last year rejected a proposed “credit scheme” that would have provided a 20 percent compliance credit toward a 40 percent trash reduction mandate if a local jurisdiction adopted an ordinance prohibiting the use of plastic bags and polystyrene food service products. While we do not anticipate the Board reversing course, it is important for the broader business community to remain engaged and continue to advocate for trash reduction policies that are environmentally and economically sound and result in true overall trash reduction. We remain opposed to policies that unfairly target specific industries, products, or materials. 

The policy that is ultimately adopted by the SF Regional Board could have implications for the broader statewide trash policy that the State Water Board will soon consider.

More information can be found at: www.waterboards.ca.gov/sanfranciscobay.

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