Shaina Brown

Bottle bill reform fails in Senate

By Shaina Brown

Capitol Update, June 2, 2017

Last week, SB 168 (Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont) failed passage in the Senate. SB 168 would have created the Beverage Container Stewardship Program, a complete overhaul of beverage container recycling in California. The burden of a $1.3 billion program would have been shifted to beverage distributors, including small wineries and breweries that self-distribute, throughout the state. SB 168 additionally expanded the program to include wine and distilled spirits.

It is widely known that the Bottle Bill has had on-going challenges that need remedy, but SB 168 did not adequately address existing solvency issues. The opposition coalition successfully stopped SB 168 in the Senate, but we will now need to focus our efforts on budget language attempts that will likely include program expansion and command and control.

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